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News & Notices

37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service

May 10, 2018

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Street Closures, Prohibited Items The 37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This ceremony honors law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. The Roll Call of Heroes read during the ceremony will honor the 199 police officers who lost their lives in 2017 and previous years. Street Closures and Bus Restrictions On Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 12:01 a.m., the streets listed below...

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Art Exhibit Celebrates American Native Plants as Part of International Collaboration

April 18, 2018

Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) ink and watercolor by Joan McGann.
"Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora" will open to the public on May 4, 2018 at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), featuring 46 botanical artworks of America's native plants. The exhibition, a collaborative project of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and USBG, will remain on view in the Garden's West Gallery through October 15. ASBA artists worked over four years on the project, creating 240 images of U.S. native plants, from which 46 were selected by jurors. Plants from around the country are featured, including saguaro cactus from the desert southwest, bigleaf...

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Winter 2018 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

April 11, 2018

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 7 Winter 2018.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Architect's Notebook: A Washington Connection Feature: Looking Ahead for Talent Year in Review: 2017 Doing Good: Serving with Encouragement Then & Now: Capitol Building Superintendent's Office Employee Spotlight: Anthony Carlyle Cool Tool: Ditch Witch Download the full Winter 2018 issue, or read the stories from this and previous issues on our blog.

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2018 Small Business Day

April 09, 2018

Attendees at AOC's 2010 Small Business Day.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting a Small Business Day on May 1, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in the Congressional Meeting Room – South. This event is for small business concerns and is designed to provide information about doing business with the AOC. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 18.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 570 acres of land throughout the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. The AOC is seeking small business concerns that provide products or services that are...

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2018 Military Bands Summer Concert Series

April 05, 2018

United States Air Force concert on the Capitol's West Front steps in 2016.
This series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Army Band on Friday, June 1, 2018. All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m. Please check the individual band accounts on Twitter the day of for any schedule or cancelation notices. Lawn chairs are allowed to be placed on the stone terrace in front of the band on the West Side of the Capitol and on the West Lawn (when available). Food is permitted; however, NO alcohol or glass bottles are allowed. Schedule of Events...

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Map of Cherry Blossoms on the Capitol Campus

March 30, 2018

Map of cherry tree groups found on the U.S. Capitol campus.
Spring in Washington, D.C., officially arrives with the blooming of the cherry trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the District each year to admire these trees that surround the Tidal Basin. Many will use their trip to tour museums and local landmarks like the U.S Capitol while in town. Our Capitol Grounds crew cares for both big and small groups of cherry trees of a few different varieties (Yoshino and Japanese flowering). One of the largest groupings is in Lower Senate Park, where there are more than 100 cherry trees lining the fountain...

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