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EVENTS

Feb
19
Thu
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
19
Thu
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
20
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
20
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
20
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
20
Fri
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Educational Events
No reservations or passes are required to attend these 15-minute talks which are held in Exhibition Hall on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center: Thursday, February 5 at 1 p.m. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which declared that all persons enslaved in a state, or part of a state, then in rebellion against the United States, were and... More »
Feb
20
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
20
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
21
Sat
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Capitol Grounds, Educational Events, Tours
Winter is the best time to appreciate the architecture of the historic trees gracing the U.S. Capitol grounds. Stroll around the Capitol with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees, admiring and learning about its magnificent trees from around the country and the world. Learn to identify Kentucky coffee-trees, Japanese pagoda trees, beeches, magnolias and dogwoods during winter. Melanie... More »
Feb
21
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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