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A Christmas Spruce from the Land of Enchantment

By Jim Kaufmann

Travel with us to the Carson National Forest in New Mexico to select the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

View of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.
A bowler hat discovered during the renewal of the Cannon House Office Building.
January 3, 2019
During the process of renewing the Cannon House Office Building, workers have found hidden treasures that had been lost or discarded by the laborers who constructed the building more than 100 years ago.More »
December 18, 2018
How a successful immigrant family left their mark on the U.S. Capitol campus, and the AOC's work to clean and preserve a historic treasure.More »
Members of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum inspect a vehicle operating on the U.S. Capitol campus.
November 27, 2018
A story of AOC employees coming together to improve safety on the U.S. Capitol campus for everyone.More »
AOC employees exemplify One Team, One Mission.
November 16, 2018
The 11th Architect reveals his favorite and most important part of this organization: the spirit of AOC employees! More »
Participants and instructors after lunch at Eco City Farm.
November 6, 2018
The new Armed to Urban Farm program was a week-long training opportunity for military veterans that combined classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities.More »
AOC Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum searches the Willamette National Forest in Oregon for the perfect U.S. Christmas Tree.
November 1, 2018
Travel to the Willamette National Forest in Oregon to select the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
"Declaration of Independence" scene from the Frieze of American History found in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
October 30, 2018
The second President of the United States appears in several pieces of art throughout the U.S. Capitol.More »
Close-up detail photo with Statue of Freedom during conservation in 1993.
July 17, 2018
An in-depth look at the evolution of women in art at the U.S. Capitol.More »
AOC Capitol Building jurisdiction employee proudly sporting their bump caps.
July 11, 2018
Read how this cool cap is keeping Capitol Building employees safer.More »
America the Beautiful poem written on a wall in the Cox Corridors of the U.S. Capitol.
July 3, 2018
The lyrics of this patriotic song are found easily at the U.S. Capitol.More »
Map of Washington, D.C., in 1861.
June 28, 2018
President Abraham Lincoln entered and left Washington, D.C., via vessels of muslin and wood, constructed by builder and carpenter Job W. AngusMore »
A visitor guide interacts with guests in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall.
June 21, 2018
A look at the Capitol Visitor Center's busiest season.More »
Circular fountain on the U.S. Capitol's West Front.
June 20, 2018
A collection of water features found throughout the U.S. Capitol campus.More »
The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
June 12, 2018
Order, balance and proportion are all achieved through architecture in the Thomas Jefferson Building's Main Reading Room.More »
Floor tile at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
June 1, 2018
Awareness of your surroundings can help prevent a slip, trip or fall — you might also spot some amazing things.More »

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