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Year in Review: Top Blogs from 2013

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Missed some of our blogs this year? Catch up on what's been happening at the Architect of the Capitol with a look at our top five blogs from 2013:

How the Crypt Got Its Name – 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 Crypt, however, is a different thing altogether. Black and white photo of the Capitol Crypt circa 1900
More Historically Accurate: Lincoln or Vampire Hunter? – AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle watches the movies "Lincoln" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"—and is surprised by which film more accurately depicts the U.S. Capitol. Black and white photo of President Lincoln's second inauguration
Top 5 Spots to Enjoy Spring on Capitol Grounds – One of the most popular springtime attractions in Washington, D.C., are the beautiful cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin, but did you know you can also see more than 100 cherry trees on the U.S. Capitol Grounds? Spring cherry blossoms in front of the Capitol
Supporting the State of the Union – Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the AOC's role in supporting the annual State of the Union Address. Image of the State of the Union in 2012
America’s Greatest Engineer? – Learn more about Captain Montgomery C. Meigs – a man who built the Capitol while helping save the Union it represents, and may be America’s greatest engineer. Black and white photograph of Montgomery C. Meigs

 

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