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Visitor Guides Help Students Experience the Legislative Process

By Laura Trivers

The Capitol Visitor Center runs educational programs for classes nearly 50 times between October and February, serving nearly 1,500 students.

Visitor Guides Andrew Tremel, Carrie Gallagher and Brandon Hintze who made the Student Program so successful.
AOC General Counsel Jason Baltimore standing next to a tour of people
February 4, 2013
Kristen Frederick, AOC congressional liaison, sits down with Jason Baltimore, AOC’s first African American general counsel, to discuss what brought him to the Architect of the Capitol and what opportunities lie ahead for him in his new role.More »
Visitor Guides Andrew Tremel, Carrie Gallagher and Brandon Hintze who made the Student Program so successful.
January 31, 2018
The Capitol Visitor Center runs educational programs for classes nearly 50 times between October and February, serving nearly 1,500 students.More »
Path to the Capitol in Wartime
August 28, 2012
As a professional commuter, every day I enter my “bubble” – looking at my phone, listening to music, reading my Kindle – as I travel from my home in Bristow, Virginia, to my office at the U.S. Capitol. It is easy to forget to look-up and appreciate that in a single morning commute on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), I traverse places forever connected by events that occurred 150 years ago this month.More »
Warehouses in Fort Meade, Maryland store items such as statues that were once displayed on the East Front of the Capitol.
July 17, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including several off-site facilities in Fort Meade, Maryland. I recently had the chance to visit Fort Meade and view the unique collections that are housed there. More »
Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
March 19, 2014
Investigate the meaning behind the Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.More »
The scaffold for the Supreme Court's restoration is wrapped in a scrim enclosure printed with a full-size photograph of the building’s façade.
March 26, 2013
Take a look behind the scrim at the restoration work underway on the U.S. Supreme Court Building's West Front façade to address deterioration due to age, weather and nature. Take a look behind the scrim at the work. More »
Capitol Sunset November 2014
December 22, 2014
From February's heavy snowfall to October's blood moon eclipse, take a look back at some popular moments of 2014 through the AOC's Instagram and Flickr images.More »
Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Rotunda of U.S. Capitol
November 9, 2012
The recent attention for the movie “Lincoln” produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln draws focus on this remarkable individual, the period in which he lived and led, and his connections to the U.S. Capitol. Today, one cannot walk far in the Capitol Building without seeing a likeness or other connection to America’s 16th President and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  More »
July 11, 2016
With the recent Kennedy Center announcement that the award-winning musical "Hamilton" is coming to Washington, D.C., the options to explore and experience one of our Founding Fathers in our nation's capital has never been better.More »
Condition of the stone on the Russell Building pre-restoration.
January 11, 2018
Stone preservation will continue to be a priority of the AOC as the best way to maintain the buildings across the Capitol campus is to constantly monitor them.More »
Jimilu Morgan presents the completed bust of Constantino Brumidi to then Vice President Hubert Humphrey - 1968
August 14, 2012
Sharon Gang, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, describes her experience meeting Jimilu Mason, an American artist with works on display at the U.S. Capitol building.More »
AOC's John Lamberton, Assistant Supervisor, selects the proper copper pipe size for a job.
July 1, 2016
While the most frequent calls from building occupants are related to climate, being successful in this line of work is about more than overcoming hot and cold conditions.More »
AOC's Marc Kinney, part of the Capitol Building's Insulation Division.
December 8, 2016
The Capitol Building's Insulation Division is as "behind the scenes" as you can get, often working behind closed doors and within containments to ensure the safety of those who visit and work on the Capitol campus.More »
Meigs' name visible on tie rod nuts in the Dome's boilerplate plenum.
June 1, 2016
Meigs was notorious for seizing opportunities to get his name inscribed on any items related to these monumental projects that he could. Recently, another permanent signature was discovered.More »
Blanchet assists with a launch, Jonas Green State Park, Annapolis, Maryland
March 29, 2016
Electrician Martin Blanchet volunteers with Heroes on the Water, which helps veterans relax and rehabilitate through kayak fishing.More »

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