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Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way
Emanuel Leutze’s mural celebrates the western expansion of the United States....

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Getting Here
Located at the center of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Building and other...

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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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...

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March 18 By: Matt Guilfoyle 0 Comments
Government Island
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle walks in the footsteps of the masons and laborers who worked the quarry at Government Island in Aquia, Virginia, to gather stone for the U.S. Capitol more...
March 12 By: Franklin Bradley 0 Comments
East Front of the U.S. Capitol
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...
March 04 By: AOC Curator Office 0 Comments
Capitol Crypt, circa 1900
The term “crypt” has long referred to a space beneath the main floor of a church or a chamber in a mausoleum. For many of us it suggests somber, stony silence and perhaps dusty coffins. The Capitol...
February 26 By: Ray Mims 0 Comments
Trout Lily
The U.S. Botanic Garden’s Conservation & Sustainability Horticulturist, Ray Mims, takes a look at the importance of spring ephemerals, which are featured in the Garden’s current exhibit,...

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