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View of the Labor Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol West Front Lawn during sunset.
On September 2, 2018, the annual Labor Day Capitol Concert featuring the...
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Reclaiming an Ordinary Day

By Erin Courtney

A story of AOC employees coming together to improve safety on the U.S. Capitol campus for everyone.

Members of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum inspect a vehicle operating on the U.S. Capitol campus.
November 26, 2012
The Capitol Christmas Tree has just arrived at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol! This year's tree is a 73-foot Engelmann spruce that came all the way from Colorado.More »
November 9, 2012
At the Capitol, one can't walk far without seeing a likeness or other connection to Abraham Lincoln and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  More »
The aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) in bloom at the National Garden
October 25, 2012
It’s fall in the Mid-Atlantic and brisk, sunny days provide opportunities for wonderful walks outdoors. Fall brings fabulous color to the U.S. Botanic Garden, so while you’re out enjoying the season, make sure to take the time to strop by and see what's in bloom. More »
October 24, 2012
AOC's Chief of Photography draws upon his many years of experience to share tips for photographing the U.S. Capitol grounds in fall.More »
The Capitol Dome at night, as seen behind one of the East Front Olmsted fountains.
October 18, 2012
The AOC masons get the U.S. Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even wake.More »
Accessible Entrance at the CVC and sign
October 9, 2012
After Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, underwent recent knee surgery she knew getting around would be challenging. Read about her experience relying on accessibility options at the Capitol Visitor Center.More »
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 »
AOC tree surgeon cares for trees on Capitol Grounds
September 25, 2012
Year round, I often notice Architect of the Capitol employees perched high in the trees above. I love the large, beautiful trees across Capitol Hill—they are longest standing witnesses of the history of this campus, from the burning of the Capitol by the British to the sculpting of the current grounds in 1872 by Frederick Law Olmsted. I was concerned that the AOC was cutting this history down – so I did some investigating.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 »
August 31, 2012
Find out how AOC's painters use tricks of the trade to turn wood into marble and metal into wood.More »
August 28, 2012
Those commuting to Washington, D.C., via the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) traverse places forever connected by events that occurred more than 150 years ago during the Civil War.More »
August 22, 2012
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., to set fire to much of the city. Follow the August 1814 path the British took to burn the U.S. Capitol and learn more about damage done to this historic building.More »
August 14, 2012
Sharon Gang, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, describes her experience meeting Jimilu Mason, an American artist with works on display at the U.S. Capitol building.More »
August 6, 2012
What had previously been an unusable outdoor tennis court on the Dirksen Senate Office Building roof was transformed by plantings.More »
Georgia Shaw working as an AOC draftsman
July 12, 2012
Georgia Shaw was the first woman hired by the AOC as a draftsman, leading to a fulfilling 29-year career with the agency. After Georgia passed, her daughter honored her mother’s legacy by including the AOC’s logo on the memorial plaque that marks her grave.More »

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