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Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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The gilded Torch of Knowledge above the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers reflects on precious metals and their...
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Plenty to Be Thankful For

By Sarah Bublitz

Various locations where the cornucopia, a traditional symbol of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, appears in the U.S. Capitol.

The lunette "Telegraph" by Brumidi in the now Lyndon B. Johnson Room, S-211.
Hundreds of media outlets from around the world cover the Presidential Inauguration.
September 28, 2012
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inaugural ends. Take a behind the scenes look at AOC's role in this event.More »
Searching for "The One"
November 9, 2017
Finding "the one" is pretty similar, whether you're searching for true love or the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
Chugach National Forest in Alaska
October 28, 2015
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."More »
The hanging of the Capitol Christmas Tree lights is the job of the Architect of the Capitol Capitol Grounds Division.
November 17, 2011
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the Capitol. Find out how we work around the clock from tree selection to arrival, decoration and lighting.More »
2016 carved into a column capital during the Capitol Exterior Preservation project's stone work.
December 29, 2016
This past year has been filled with many sweet moments around the Capitol campus. Here are 10 that stand out.More »
The Superintendent of Capitol Grounds for Architect of the Capitol searches Payette National Forest to select the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree.
November 2, 2016
It can be hard to find a tree in the forest that meets all of the Capitol Christmas Tree criteria, but the Superintendent of Capitol Grounds has done it again.More »
What does the Constitution mean to me? Exhibit
September 14, 2012
My colleagues at the Capitol Visitor Center’s (CVC) Exhibits and Education Division asked that I create a sample journal to inspire U.S. Capitol visitors who will make journals as part of Constitution Week activities at the CVC the week of September 17.More »
Military Summer Concert Series, 2009.
May 13, 2016
It wasn't planned at the time, but the 1793 cornerstone laying event was the first of what has become a time-honored tradition of incorporating music to mark celebratory and honorary occasions in the Nation's Capital.More »
Ted Bechtol, AOC Capitol Grounds Division
October 29, 2014
For two beautiful summer days in late July, I traveled around Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, to search for the perfect U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. More »
His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
October 14, 2015
Multiple jurisdictions worked together to prepare for Pope Francis' historic arrival at the U.S. Capitol last month, treating it much like a rehearsal for the next presidential inauguration. More »
First official photo of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree.
December 2, 2015
The mild and misty December air crackled with excitement as the Architect of the Capitol, members of Congress, congressional staff, Capitol Hill neighbors and tourists gathered on the West Front Lawn for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived Monday, November 25, on the U.S. Capitol Grounds follow along here as the tree arrives and AOC staff put it into position on the West Front of the Capitol.
November 25, 2013
The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived Monday, November 25, on the U.S. Capitol Grounds follow along here as the tree arrives and AOC staff put it into position on the West Front of the Capitol.More »
The Capitol Christmas Tree in 2013
December 3, 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.More »
Instagrammers in the Olmsted Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds
September 22, 2014
Early on this beautiful September morning, a group of Instagrammers came together to explore and celebrate the U.S. Capitol during our second InstaMeet.More »
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November 26, 2013
Since one of the earliest known photographs of the U.S. Capitol in 1846, Washington, D.C., residents and visitors have been capturing images of this national icon, its art and its grounds.More »

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