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In Emanuel Leutze’s mural, a group of pioneers and their train of covered wagons are pictured at the continental divide, looking towards the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. The border depicts vignettes of exploration and frontier mythology. Beneath the central composition is a panoramic view of their destination “Golden Gate,” in San Francisco Bay.
Emanuel Leutze’s mural celebrates the western expansion of the United States....

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Photo of Capitol Hill steps.
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Black and white portrait of Benjamin Brown French
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AOC's TLC Keeps Historic Furniture Looking New

Posted by Sharon Gang on May 5, 2015

Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch employee.
The Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch gives hands-on attention to help blend vintage and new into a cohesive collection.

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Restoring Grant's Glory

Posted by Laura Condeluci on April 27, 2015

Up close photo of Memorial with Grant on a horse.
Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.

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Bringing Cannon Back to the Future

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on April 21, 2015

Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building.

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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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Expert Metalwork Revealed in Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome

Posted by Joe Abriatis on April 10, 2015

Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.
Last week, I had an opportunity to travel to the foundry in Salt Lake City and see firsthand how the work to re-create decorative ornaments on the Dome is done.

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A Few of 2014's Favorite Things

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on December 22, 2014

Capitol Sunset November 2014
From February's heavy snowfall to October's blood moon eclipse, take a look back at some popular moments of 2014 through the AOC's Instagram and Flickr images.

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