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Reverend Billy Graham to Lie in Honor February 28 and March 1

February 27, 2018

Looking up in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Public Viewing Hours, Road Closures and Other Restrictions The late Reverend Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda beginning on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Members of the public and Capitol Hill community are invited to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol. Following a private arrival ceremony to include Reverend Graham's family and Members of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will open to the public from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Wednesday, February 28. All visitors will enter...

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Saharah Moon Chapotin Named New U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director

February 20, 2018

U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Saharah Moon Chapotin
The Architect of the Capitol announces the selection of Saharah Moon Chapotin, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). "Dr. Chapotin is a plant scientist with a passion to educate people about the importance of plants and agriculture," said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol and Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. "As she leads the Garden in its efforts to connect people with plants, her vision and experience will guide the USBG as it approaches the 200th anniversary of its 1820 Congressional charter." Prior to joining the USBG, Chapotin...

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Large-scale art in "Wall Flowers: Botanic Murals" exhibit opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

February 01, 2018

"Wall Flowers: Botanic Murals" exhibit at U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) presents a new exhibit "Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals" now through October 15, 2018. The exhibit showcases six large-scale murals measuring as large as 16 feet, all celebrating plants. Plants in murals communicate the aesthetic, ecological, and historic importance of plants in the urban environment. This exhibit features large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. Their murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit fosters creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to...

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State of the Union to be Held January 30, 2018

January 24, 2018

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on State of the Union Road Closures and Other Restrictions Impacting the Capitol Complex On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 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....

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FY 2017 Performance and Accountability Report Now Available

December 14, 2017

FY 2017 Performance and Accountability Report Cover
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's financial and performance results to inform Congress and the American people about what we have collectively achieved for the period October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. Through the talent and hard work of our dedicated employees, the AOC realized a number of key accomplishments during FY 2017. Major achievements described in the report include our successful completion of the initial phase of the Cannon House...

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"Season's Greenings: Roadside Attractions" Opens Thanksgiving Day at U.S. Botanic Garden

November 13, 2017

This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) holiday exhibit, "Season's Greenings: Roadside Attractions," will open Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 and run through January 1, 2018. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Wreaths, garland, trees and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties adorn the Conservatory. This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show features roadside attractions! In our gallery, model trains will chug around, below, through ...

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