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EVENTS

Feb
27
Fri
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
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Exhibit
Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Interpreters in Exhibition Hall and Emancipation Hall use a variety of hands-on artifacts to tell stories about civil rights legislation and our evolving understanding of "We the People." Stories include the role of television during the civil rights movement, how the actions of everyday people influenced the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Charles Sumner and... More »
Feb
27
Fri
DAILY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
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Exhibit
Plant roots are vital components of the earth's ecosystem. They are necessary for plant growth, including the production of food and nutrients for humans and many other organisms. However, as root systems are out of sight, their beauty and importance often go unnoticed. This exhibit uses the work of Agricultural Ecologist Dr. Jerry Glover and photographer Jim Richardson to showcase the importance... More »
Feb
27
Fri
DAILY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Tours
Weekdays at 11 a.m. – Join a Visitor Guide to explore three unique stories about the War of 1812, often referred to as “the forgotten war.” Discover how the War Hawks convinced a majority in Congress to declare war on Great Britain. See where the British entered the Capitol and destroyed the most beautiful room in America. Listen to how the Native Americans formed a coalition to save their lands... More »
Feb
27
Fri
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Botanic gardens are sanctuaries of nature. They are an image of plant diversity in an enclosed space that gives a sense of the infinite diversity of the world. While their creation is often linked to the rise of modern science, this lecture series will showcase how botanic gardens, with a focus on medicinal and nutritional plants, have been present for millennia. Join Alain Touwaide, Scientific... More »
Feb
27
Fri
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Tours
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 p.m. — What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? They all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in... More »
Feb
27
Fri
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Tours
Weekdays at 2 p.m. — A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this... More »
Feb
27
Fri
DAILY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Tours
Weekdays at 3 p.m. — In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War," is offered Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took... More »
Feb
28
Sat
DAILY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Exhibit
Plant roots are vital components of the earth's ecosystem. They are necessary for plant growth, including the production of food and nutrients for humans and many other organisms. However, as root systems are out of sight, their beauty and importance often go unnoticed. This exhibit uses the work of Agricultural Ecologist Dr. Jerry Glover and photographer Jim Richardson to showcase the importance... More »
Feb
28
Sat
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world and a major food staple for hundreds of millions of people in the tropics. Join Todd Brethauer, USBG Science Education Volunteer, as he traces the 7000-year journey of the banana from the jungles of Southeast Asia to your breakfast table. Learn about how humans have guided the development of the banana for many different uses – dessert, plantains,... More »
Feb
28
Sat
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
WithLoveDC is a movement to spread love, joy, and acceptance throughout the district. The Practice With Love classes aim to create an accessible space for all people to tune into their breath while enjoying the amazing spaces around our beautiful city. WithLoveDC is thrilled to bring their free yoga gatherings to the U.S. Botanic Garden; come flow with us! Date: Each Saturday in February 2015Time... More »

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