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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.
2017 Highlights
December 20, 2017
Before we dive into 2018, here's a look back at some of this year's highlights.More »
Group photo of members of the AOC Capitol Grounds team with the Safety Sign.
November 29, 2017
Discover two examples of what an empowered and innovative workforce looks like in day-to-day operations at the AOC.More »
The lunette "Telegraph" by Brumidi in the now Lyndon B. Johnson Room, S-211.
November 20, 2017
Various locations where the cornucopia, a traditional symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday, appears in the U.S. Capitol.More »
2017 War Gardens
November 15, 2017
To mark the centennial of the U.S. entering World War I, Library Buildings and Grounds staff recreated period-appropriate "War Gardens."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 »
Groundbreaking at the Hart Senate Office Building.
November 8, 2017
As the country grows, so does the Capitol campus and, with it, the AOC's responsibilities.More »
Robert Gannon smoothes out imperfections in a plaster cast.
November 1, 2017
Some Architect of the Capitol employees are highly visible, while others work behind the scenes to preserve the awe-inspiring facilities on Capitol Hill.More »
Capitol Dome out of focus, branch in foreground.
October 31, 2017
On Friday, October 13, AOC employees set out to look into a new Capitol Building mystery.More »
A view of the renovated Bartholdi Park.
October 25, 2017
An in-depth summary of a recent Bartholdi Park renovation.More »
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 »
Capitol Visitor Center architecture that borrows from historic Capitol Building architecture.
October 11, 2017
The Architect of the Capitol believes that, when making additions to historic buildings, we are not to copy or try to match the historic building, but rather we are to differentiate the new features so we don't create a false sense of history.More »
Bill Burns, an Architect of the Capitol Woodcrafter Supervisor in the Planning and Project Management's Construction Division.
August 16, 2017
One person's small act of compassion can start a chain reaction of kindness.More »
The deburring tool used to remove sharp edges from sheet metal.
August 9, 2017
This small and seemingly simple tool reduces injuries by saving hands, which is why we give it two thumbs up as a cool tool.More »
The bronze Amateis Doors are on display in the House Wing of the U.S. Capitol, across from the Bulfinch stairway near the Memorial Door entrance.
August 2, 2017
Few doors are created to lead to nowhere, but that is exactly where the U.S. Capitol's famed Amateis Doors have always led.More »
Group photo of the Architect of the Capitol high-voltage electricians on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
July 26, 2017
Learn how the AOC's High-Voltage team keeps the campus running.More »

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