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Russell Senate Office Building 2010
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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.
Federal Office Building No. 8, now known as the O’Neill House Office Building, under original construction. Photo courtesy of the FDA.
October 18, 2017
A brief history of the O'Neill Building.More »
Preparation for spring on Capitol grounds.
March 29, 2017
Spring is the season of new beginnings when the Earth seems to come to life again. But it is the year-round planning, preparation and hard work of the Capitol Grounds team that ensures buds bloom, vibrant colors delight and fragrant flowers excite the senses on Capitol Hill.More »
President Lincoln's funeral procession.
April 15, 2015
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details the days he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.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 »
AOC's Theon Parker teaches students about electrical circuits at Phelps ACE High School.
May 17, 2012
Courses taught by AOC employees help communicate business culture and expectations, as well as important skills they can apply to future educational and occupational pursuits.More »
Squirrels on the Capitol Grounds
April 11, 2013
When walking across the Capitol Grounds there is one critter that can consistently be seen out and about – the squirrel. When did squirrels first come to Washington, D.C. and how did they end up here? Archivist Andria Leo took a look through AOC’s historical records to investigate the history of the squirrel at the Capitol. More »
Anne Frank Tree and marker planted in the ground in front of the Capitol
July 21, 2014
One of Anne's few connections to the outside world while hiding in the secret annex was a nearby white chestnut tree which she could see from the attic window. More »
Juan Sandoval and Jose Hernandez using a lewis to remove stones from Olmsted Terrace.
September 29, 2014
Addressing the stone pandemic across the Capitol campus takes a team of historic preservationists, structural engineers and stonemasons, among others. More »
The yellow desk in location #80 is the "Candy Desk."
June 30, 2015
Few traditions associated with Senate furniture are as intriguing as the "candy desk" on the floor of the Senate.More »
Bill from the Lawn Cycle Stand Manufacturing Co. to the Architect of the Capitol
July 31, 2013
Parking in Washington, D.C. has always been a challenge, but did you know they have been working to accommodate commuters on Capitol Hill for more than a century? More »
AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
January 7, 2016
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.More »
Phlox paniculata at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
July 27, 2016
Just like us, plants need special care in the extreme heat. Following these tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden will help protect your plants during the hottest days of summer. More »
Barron Dill (second from right) and his fellow AOC colleagues.
January 20, 2016
Volunteering at the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School is an experience that continues to enrich lives.More »
Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
April 21, 2015
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building. More »
View of the U.S. Capitol Dome with light in the windows
October 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, reflects on the AOC's effort to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome.More »

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