Behind the Scenes
Recertifications during the COVID-19 pandemic required a new approach.
History & Discoveries
President John Adams issued a letter to all federal agencies on May 15, 1800, directing the "removal of the public offices, clerks and papers" from the capital city of Philadelphia. In that single sentence, Adams started the final move of the U.S. government to its permanent home, the newly created city of Washington, in the District of Columbia.
The large bronze and glass lanterns are mounted on stately sandstone piers with intricately carved sandstone caps.