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News & Notices

Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service

May 14, 2019

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Street Closures, Prohibited Items The 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 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 228 peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during calendar year 2018. Street Closures and Bus Restrictions On Wednesday, May 15 beginning at 12:01 a.m.,...

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2019 Military Bands Capitol Summer Concert Series

May 01, 2019

United States Air Force concert on the Capitol's West Front steps in 2016.
This series of concerts will be inaugurated by the U.S. Navy Band on Monday, June 3, 2019. 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 cancellation 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...

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Winter 2019 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

April 10, 2019

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 10 Winter 2019.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Q&A: Acting Architect of the Capitol Christine A. Merdon, P.E. Project Updates: Thomas Jefferson Building Hidden History: Rediscovering Blackjack Behind the Scenes: House Office Moves Feature: Dancing by Dawn's Early Light Employee Spotlight: Preparing for the Moment Opportunity Knocks Cool Tools: Capitol Materials Cart Behind the Scenes: Senate Office Moves Download the full Winter 2019 magazine, or read the stories from this and previous...

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Exhibition Hall to Close in March

February 20, 2019

A school group explores the 11-foot-tall touchable scale model of the U.S. Capitol dome in the Capitol Visitor Center's Exhibition Hall.
March 4, 2019, is the last day to visit Exhibition Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center before the space undergoes renovations. Stop by soon to see: The gavel George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the Capitol more than 225 years ago; The Lincoln Table, crafted from cast iron used to build the Capitol Dome and used for President Lincoln's second inauguration. You can see the picture of that inauguration with this table too; A touchable, built-to-scale model of the Capitol Dome; The Separation of Powers exhibit featuring the War Powers Resolution, President Ronald Reagan's...

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New Exhibit "Celebrating New American Gardens" opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

January 31, 2019

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Kentucky, part of the 2019 showcase exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) presents a new exhibit "Celebrating New American Gardens" from January 31 through October 15, 2019. The exhibit showcases 21 gardens from across the United States that have created new gardens or renovated a garden within the last five years. Photos, drawings, landscape designs and project descriptions share the story of each new garden. Public gardens across America are engaging, inviting and dynamic. Gardens are living creations, as they display seasonal changes along with a constant ebb and flow. These new gardens showcase new plant collections, create...

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State of the Union Address Street Closures and Other Restrictions

January 30, 2019

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. On February 5, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m. Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for a significant amount of preparation and coordination with its numerous law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department. The following is specific information...

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