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Painting depicting the Pilgrims on the deck of the ship Speedwell
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
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News & Notices

Food for Thought Exhibit Now at U.S. Botanic Garden

May 31, 2013

David Rogers' Big Bugs wooden sculptures adorning the Garden grounds.
From May 25, 2013 - October 14, 2013, the U.S. Botanic Garden "Food for Thought" highlights U.S. Botanic Garden plant collections in this annual outdoor Terrace exhibit, featuring plants with culinary, ornamental, medicinal and cultural value. Find inspiration to cook something new, plant food for pollinators or even grow your own food. Explore the U.S. Botanic Garden's Conservatory Terrace to see some amazing food plants, both familiar and exotic, from around the globe. Get lost in thought and wander through David Rogers' Big Bugs(tm) wooden sculptures adorning the Garden grounds.  This...

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Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room Dedicated at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Apr 16, 2013

Plaque dedicating the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room plaque
On April 16, 2013, pursuant to H Res 364, the U.S. House of Representatives dedicated Meeting Room HVC-215 in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to the memory of Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman. The plaque includes the following inscription: GABRIEL ZIMMERMAN MEETING ROOM GABRIEL “GABE” ZIMMERMAN COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANT; FRIEND TO ALL 1980-2011 THIS MEETING ROOM IS DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF GABE ZIMMERMAN, WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED SERVING THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA WHILE CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES AS AN AIDE TO REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. HIS DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY AND TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS...

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Rosa Parks Statue Joins U.S. Capitol Art Collection

Feb 21, 2013

A view of National Statuary Hall
The bronze statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday, February 27, in National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, today shared some details about the Rosa Parks statue that is slated to join the U.S. Capitol Art Collection following an unveiling ceremony on February 27, 2013, hosted by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).   Authorized by Public Law 109-116, as modified by...

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Colors of Capitol Hill

Feb 04, 2013

Flowers by the West Front Fountain at the U.S. Capitol
After a winter of gray skies and leafless trees, the AOC Capitol Grounds crew never fails to wow visitors and staff with a kaleidoscope of flowers that, come spring, burst into bloom around the Capitol. “Spring is a reawakening,” said David Ellis, supervisory gardener for the Capitol Grounds, who has been with the AOC for nine years. “When you see the yellow daffodils start coming up, even through an early spring snow, it seems like a new beginning.” Throughout the year, Ralph LoJacono, general supervisor for the AOC Capitol Grounds Gardening Division, and the approximately 30 gardeners...

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Read AOC's Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2012

Jan 15, 2013

AOC Performance and Accountability Report 2012 cover
The Architect of the Capitol's Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2012 is now available. This report provides the United States Congress and the American people information on AOC’s annual performance results, management challenges and financial accountability. Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 marked the roll-out of AOC’s new Strategic Vision — a result of a collaborative effort by AOC employees throughout the organization. Through this vision, the AOC continues to transform into a forward-thinking, collaborative and innovative organization. This vision helped the AOC achieve cost...

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Visitor Hour Changes for Inauguration

Jan 09, 2013

The Inauguration of President Barack H. Obama, 44th president of the United States, on the West Front of the Capitol. January 20, 2009
Due to preparations for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, the Capitol Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, January 19, and it will also be closed Monday, January 21 for the Inauguration itself. Tours of the U.S. Capitol will be suspended on both days. The U.S. Botanic Garden will also be closed on Inauguration Day, Monday, January 21.

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