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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.
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EVENTS

Oct
9
Thu
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational 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 »
Oct
9
Thu
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, 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 »
Oct
10
Fri
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Referring to a Thin Place is a term that is most surely Irish or Scottish and no derivation can be traced it is so old. Thin Places can be beautiful or austere and opulent or profane but what they do have in common is a place that transports us from a view of the present or recollections of the past to a profound sense of the magnitude of being in the present. Can gardens be thin places? With... More »
Oct
10
Fri
DAILY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Capitol Grounds
Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. – Join a 50-minute outdoor guided tour exploring the Capitol building and grounds, weather permitting. Meet at the North Gift Shop on the upper level of the Visitor Center. No passes needed.
Oct
10
Fri
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational 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 »
Oct
10
Fri
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, 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 »
Oct
12
Sun
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Habitat restoration often begins with the removal of exotic invasive vegetation, which can yield an abundance of material: paper and fabric fibers, pigments, lumber, chemicals, fuel and food. Patterson Clark, artist and writer, will document the processes he uses to turn local invasive weeds into inks, printing blocks and sheets of paper, which reunite at the letterpress to yield prints. Raw and... More »
Oct
13
Mon
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
The botany, geography, ecology and economics of spice production combined with human lust for spice consumption have conspired over the centuries to make fortunes for a few and launched the great voyages of discovery that changed the lives of many. Learn how pepper, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, once affordable only by the very rich, have become part of our daily lives. Todd Brethauer, ... More »
Oct
13
Mon
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Tours
Mondays and Wednesdays 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 medicinal... More »
Oct
13
Mon
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational 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 »

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