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Blog Posts Tagged 'U.S. Capitol Building'

CVC Guides Help Visitor "See" the Old...

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 23, 2015

Tray full of artifacts associated with the space.
When Visitor Guide John Claya encountered a guest with a visual disability near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, he used a creative tool to help her "see" the room.

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Capitol Rotunda Restoration

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 26, 2015

Water infiltration has led to leaking and staining in the Rotunda.
The restoration of the Rotunda will ensure this hallowed space will be enjoyed by generations of visitors, staff and members of Congress for years to come.

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History with a Side of Mystery: the Rotunda Benches

Posted by Sharon Gang on June 04, 2015

Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.

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The Lincoln Catafalque in the U.S. Capitol

Posted by Barbara Wolanin on April 15, 2015

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.

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Inspiration from History

Posted by Sharon Gang on March 19, 2014

Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
Investigate the meaning behind the Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

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Nature at the Capitol - The Statue of Freedom

Posted by AOC Curator Office on September 24, 2013

The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
This is the first in a series of occasional articles, written by the Architect of the Capitol’s Curator Office, about the use of nature in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. This week, they focus on the elements in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome.

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Remembering September 11, 2001

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on September 10, 2013

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 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.

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Constructing the Capitol: The Oven

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 18, 2013

Early House of Representatives Chamber (artist representation)
Too hot or too cold – there is no pleasing everyone when it comes to the right temperature in the office. But while today the AOC provides a climate-controlled environment to the buildings of Capitol Hill, 212 years ago this wasn’t the case.

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More Historically Accurate: Lincoln or Vampire Hunter?

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on April 15, 2013

Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural at the U.S. Capitol
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle watches "Lincoln" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"-- and is surprised by which film more accurately depicts the U.S. Capitol.

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Capitol Illumination

Posted by Franklin Bradley on March 12, 2013

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at Dusk
The AOC works to make the Capitol Dome, an enduring symbol of democracy recognized throughout the world, visible to all throughout the night. Learn about this history of the lighting of this iconic building.

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