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This painting depicts Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach in the West Indies, newly landed from his flagship Santa Maria on October 12, 1492.
This painting depicts Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach...

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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
A few ideas to help you in planning a visit to Capitol Hill.

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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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Beth Burrous, biochemist and USBG volunteer.
Learn about plants used to make lifesaving medicines at the U.S. Botanic Garden...

Blog Posts Categorized 'History'

April 15, 2015
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President Lincoln's funeral procession.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details the days he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.
July 21, 2014
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Anne Frank Tree and marker planted in the ground in front of the Capitol
One of Anne’s few connections to the outside world while hiding in the secret annex was a nearby white chestnut tree which she could see from the attic window.
February 07, 2014
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Model of James Madison statue, with sculptor Walker Hancock.
When AOC's Franklin Bradley recently learned that one of the lead characters in the upcoming "Monuments Men" movie, portrayed by John Goodman, was inspired by Walker K. Hancock, an...
February 03, 2014
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Sheep on the White House lawn, taken between 1916-1919. Image courtesy Library of Congress
The Capitol Grounds have long been a haven for wildlife, with residents ranging from squirrels to red-tailed hawks to a red fox. But sheep? If it had been left up to one Virginia farmer more than 90...
December 02, 2013
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Photo showing placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol December 2, 1863 as viewed from the west.
The Statue of Freedom was placed atop the Capitol Dome 150 years ago, effectively completing the Capitol Dome that we still see today.
November 06, 2013
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Black and white portrait of Benjamin Brown French
Long before the advent of Twitter, Facebook and blogs – there were journals. 150 years ago this month saw one of the most transformative periods in the construction of the United States Capitol along...
October 31, 2013
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Cenotaphs at the Congressional Cemetery. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.
This Halloween, Kristen Frederick, congressional liaison for the Architect of the Capitol, visited the Congressional Cemetery and discovered many connections the AOC has to this hallowed ground.
September 10, 2013
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Flight 93 Memorial Plaque in the U.S. Capitol
For those of us in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, the site of the beautiful Capitol Dome set against bright blue skies on a cool September morning will forever conjure feelings and memories...
July 31, 2013
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Bill from the Lawn Cycle Stand Manufacturing Co. to the Architect of the Capitol
Parking in Washington, D.C. has always been a challenge, but did you know they have been working to accommodate commuters on Capitol Hill for more than a century?
July 23, 2013
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Engraving showing the first dome of the U.S. Capitol, designed by Charles Bulfinch. By William H. Bartlett, circa 1840.
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, remembers one of the major players in the history U.S. Capitol, Charles Bulfinch.

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