WEEKDAYS AT 1 p.m. -- Join our engaging guides and visitor services team for Capitol Conversations – live, interactive, virtual discussions about the U.S. Capitol. During Capitol Conversations, our staff will discuss some of the U.S. Capitol’s historic spaces, artwork, artifacts and statues.
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Monday, May 16 – The Nation Mourns: Lying in State for the Unknown Soldiers
Before their interment in Arlington National Cemetery, four unknown soldiers lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda. We will discuss this very special ceremony and its place in honoring those soldiers "known but to God."
Tuesday, May 17 – The Supreme Court in the Capitol
From 1860-1935, the Supreme Court met in the room now called the Old Senate Chamber. Join us to learn about the Court and some of the cases decided during this time period.
Wednesday, May 18 – Bringing the Outside In: The Corn Cob Columns
The corn cob columns are a unique element of Capitol architecture. Learn how they were designed and why they are important to the Capitol.
Thursday, May 19 – The Grant Memorial: Restoration of a National Treasure
Curator for the Architect of the Capitol Dr. Michele Cohen will provide an overview of the memorial’s recent conservation.
Friday, May 20 – Presidential Desk Markers
Eight plaques in National Statuary Hall mark the desk locations of presidents who served as members of the House of Representatives. We will discuss the men behind the plaques, Congress in the old Hall of the House, and these often overlooked markers.