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Discovery of the Mississippi by De Soto
William Henry Powell’s dramatic and brilliantly colored canvas was the last of...

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

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Dr. William Thornton
 The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Warehouses in Fort Meade, Maryland store items such as statues that were once displayed on the East Front of the Capitol.
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings...

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September 25 By: Franklin Bradley 0 Comments
AOC tree surgeon cares for trees on Capitol Grounds
Year round, I often notice Architect of the Capitol employees perched high in the trees above. I love the large, beautiful trees across Capitol Hill—they are longest standing witnesses of the history...
September 14 By: Sharon Gang 0 Comments
What does the Constitution mean to me?
My colleagues at the Capitol Visitor Center’s (CVC) Exhibits and Education Division asked that I create a sample journal to inspire U.S. Capitol visitors who will make journals as part of...
August 28 By: Matt Guilfoyle 0 Comments
Path to the Capitol in Wartime
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....
August 22 By: AOC Curator Office 0 Comments
Drawing of the U.S. Capitol after the Capitol was burned by British Troops on August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812.
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (present-day Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., in August 1814, to set fire to much of the...

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