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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the Capitol...
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Exploring Orchid Diversity

By Devin Dotson

Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent and many other aspects.

Orchid Show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Four leaf clover.
March 17, 2016
For Americans of Irish heritage, there is much to celebrate. Beginning with our Nation's founding, Irishmen risked their lives to establish what would become the United States of America.More »
November 7, 2016
Those dedicated to managing the operation of the 10-year, five-phased Cannon Renewal discuss the project and what leadership means to them.More »
February 14, 2013
For 10 years, I have walked through the doors of the 3rd Street entrance to the Ford Building, never knowing that right outside those very same doors — 72 years ago — something happened that greatly influenced my life.More »
Military Summer Concert Series, 2009.
May 13, 2016
It wasn't planned at the time, but the 1793 cornerstone laying event was the first of what has become a time-honored tradition of incorporating music to mark celebratory and honorary occasions in the Nation's Capital.More »
Ted Bechtol, AOC Capitol Grounds Division
October 29, 2014
For two beautiful summer days in late July, I traveled around Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, to search for the perfect U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. More »
Women are integral members of the Dome Restoration Project
March 8, 2017
Our Chief Operating Officer reflects on the experiences that introduced her to extraordinary women and helped shape her management style.More »
Kaizen Life Skills group photo.
June 13, 2016
Millions of Americans volunteer every year, but few feel compelled to form their own organization. AOC's Greg Smith saw a problem in his community that had no solution, so he created one by starting his own non-profit.More »
House Office Buildings laborers like Keith Quick carefully move thousands of boxes and other items among member storerooms every election year.
October 14, 2014
The House Office Buildings laborers continuously improve service delivery and efficiency, even if they have to face down a wolf to do it.More »
Tuning fork used by Meigs to ensure that iron placed in the Dome was sound, along with copies of Meigs' writing and pieces of cast iron recovered from the Dome during the restoration project.
March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does AOC have one – and what makes it cool?More »
The Capitol Dome at night, as seen behind one of the East Front Olmsted fountains.
October 18, 2012
The AOC masons get the Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even wake.More »
Statue of John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr.
June 25, 2013
Visitors to the Capitol are often drawn to the "big ticket" items, but there are several other must-see items you should check out when visiting the U.S. Capitol Building.More »
Associate architects from DeWitt, Poor, Swanke, Shelton & Almond selecting materials for exterior of Library of Congress Madison Building.
October 22, 2015
Today, a Congressional Gold Medal will be presented in recognition of the Monuments Men. Here, we highlight just a few of these heroes with their accomplishments seen on Capitol Hill, from the outside of the buildings to the rooms and artwork within.More »
Oil painting of a historical scene including several Presidents
February 27, 2012
Presidents Don't Sleep Here—But They're Honored in Art!More »
March 24, 2014
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the care and preservation of the artwork in the U.S. Capitol, but our role extends even further. AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details her involvement in evaluating and advising on new statues and busts before they even enter the Capitol.More »
Flight 93 Memorial Plaque in the U.S. Capitol
September 10, 2013
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 of that horrible day. However, thanks to the gallant act of a few brave souls we are blessed to forever enjoy this icon to American ingenuity and democracy - their names can be found in the United States Capitol Building among other American heroes including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. More »

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