Car of History Clock marble statue
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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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Military Bands Summer Concert Series 2014
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Grazing the Capitol Grounds

Posted by Andria Leo on February 3, 2014

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 from squirrels to red-tailed hawks to a red fox. But sheep? If it had been left up to one Virginia farmer more than 90 years ago, flocks of sheep might be spotted grazing on the grounds today.

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Year in Review: Top Blogs from 2013

Posted by Lori Taylor on December 23, 2013

Take a look back at some of our top stories from 2013.

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Instagramming the Capitol

Posted by Lori Taylor on December 17, 2013

Instagrammers in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol
On a rainy December Saturday a group of Instagrammers joined us at the U.S. Capitol to tour the building and chat with an Architect of the Capitol photographer. Despite the weather it was a great event and we look forward to hosting more in the future!

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Year in Review: 2013 in Pictures

Posted by Lori Taylor on December 11, 2013

Image of the Capitol Christmas Tree reflecting on the water in December 2013 at the U.S. Capitol
A look back on 2013 through some of our most popular pictures from Flickr and Instagram.

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Capitol Christmas Tree Lights up Washington

Posted by Lori Taylor on December 3, 2013

The Capitol Christmas Tree in 2013
The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be lit from night fall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2014.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Freedom

Posted by Lori Taylor on December 2, 2013

Photo showing placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol December 2, 1863 as viewed from the west.
The Statue of Freedom was placed atop the Capitol Dome 150 years ago, effectively completing the Capitol Dome that we still see today.

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