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Visitor Guides Andrew Tremel, Carrie Gallagher and Brandon Hintze who made the Student Program so successful.
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Rotunda Closure for Final Restoration Phase

July 12, 2016

In the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, looking up towards the Apotheosis of Washington.
The Dome and Rotunda restoration projects mark important milestones in our ongoing efforts to preserve our infrastructure, enhance the beauty of our historic buildings and improve safety and security for all employees and visitors. We are pleased to report that work to restore the U.S. Capitol Rotunda is in the final phase. In order to facilitate the project's completion, the Rotunda will be temporarily closed following the final tour on Saturday, July 23, to safely remove scaffolding. We anticipate public and staff-led tours to the Rotunda will resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The...

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Tree Dedicated in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

May 18, 2016

Christine Merdon, Chief Operating Officer for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), welcomed Ireland's Taioseach Enda Kenny, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson, senior congressional leaders and members of Congress, House Chaplain Father Patrick J. Conroy and Donegal native Father Brendan McBride to the U.S. Capitol Grounds for a tree dedication marking the 100th anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. Select trees on the Capitol Grounds serve as living memorials to an individual or an event. The Irish Oak dedicated today is one of those special trees. "A much-loved...

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Tree Dedicated in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program

April 21, 2016

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers joined Representative French Hill, Harriet Mayor Fulbright and Father Patrick J. Conroy to dedicate a tree in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. "This tree celebrates a unique program, established by the now-late J. William Fulbright, to foster growth and understanding between students around the world. I am pleased to participate in today's ceremony," said Ayers. Several trees on the Capitol grounds serve as living memorials. The Fulbright tree, an American Elm, is located on the Capitol campus near the intersection of Delaware...

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Tree Dedicated in Memory of Representative Edward R. Roybal

March 16, 2016

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers was joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Representative Roybal-Allard and Father Patrick J. Conroy to dedicate a tree in memory of Representative Edward R. Roybal. "Today, we dedicate this tree in honor of the life and service of a family man, World War II veteran, influential politician, Hispanic trailblazer and advocate for the sick and underprivileged. With the planting of this memorial tree, his memory will take root on this beautiful campus for generations to come,"...

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Flowers Stink… but not to the Helen Hayes Awards

February 02, 2016

Kennedy Center Musical Co-commissioned with the United States Botanic Garden Nominated The Helen Hayes Awards announced the 2016 nominees for excellence in professional theatre on February 1. The Kennedy Center musical, Flowers Stink, which was co-commissioned with the U.S. Botanic Garden, received two nominations for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Theater for Young Audience. The musical, free and open to the public, premiered Saturday September 26, 2015 and was performed each Saturday through October at the Amphitheatre in the National Garden. The show was about how a young...

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The Big Dig

January 25, 2016

Less than 48 hours after Winter Storm Jonas began dumping snow from the skies over Washington, D.C., Architect of the Capitol (AOC) crews successfully removed snow to make ​14 miles of sidewalks, 7 miles of streets and drives and 20 acres of plazas and parking lots accessible for the Capitol community. Throughout the historic storm, approximately 350 AOC employees worked around-the-clock. High winds and the vast amount of snow slowed progress on Saturday, but clear skies and sunshine on Sunday and Monday provided the perfect weather for the big dig. The AOC operated more than 100 pieces of...

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