The Capitol Dome--regular editions

Summer 2015

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T his spring, USCHS members explored the U.S. Capitol grounds and the Library of Congress, uncovered the hidden history of Capitol Hill, and learned about some of the "residents" of Congressional Cemetery on our Spring Members Only Tour Series. On the Landscape Tour of Capitol Square, Super- intendent of the Capitol Grounds Ted Bechtol walked members through Frederick Law Olmsted's landscape design plan and discussed efforts to maintain and pre- serve the grounds so that they adhere to that plan. On the Spies of Capitol Hill Tour led by our resident "spy- master" Carol Bessette, members were treated to a be- hind-the-scenes look at how everyday neighborhoods and objects on Capitol Hill became the backgrounds and instruments of the spy world. Paul Williams and Daniel Holcombe of Historic Congressional Cemetery led members around the final resting place of Members of Congress, military and government officials, and Washingtonians both famous and infamous. In addition, members learned about the ongoing preservation efforts at the cemetery. On the final tour in our series, Library of Congress Docents Chris Keunen and Barry Boughton led members on a guided tour of the art and architecture of the Jef- ferson Building of the Library of Congress. Members also learned about the collection at the library, which includes the handwritten Giant Bible of Mainz and the printed Gutenberg Bible. A special thanks to all our tour guides as well as to the members who were able to attend! The tour series is open to all USCHS members; click here to join or renew your membership! USCHS MEMBERS EXPLORE CAPITOL HILL USCHS members at Congressional Cemetery Members examine The Gutenberg Bible 4 USCHS Calendar Check our calendar online for the most up-to-date listing of events planned for 2016! USCHS offices will be closed Nov. 25-27 for Thanksgiving. Philanthropy in Motion Thanks to a very generous donation from Ron and Leslie Sarasin, USCHS was able to increase the number of people served by the Society's educational programs. As more people are benefiting from a variety of USCHS educational programs, USCHS Chief Tour Guide Steve Livengood is needed in more and more places. Some days he is meeting Fellows at the Capitol Visitor Center, 8th grade students at the bottom of the Hill, and then a group high- school students back at the top of the Hill. "As a 70-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran, my knees understand why they call it the Hill," said Livengood. "The Society could not have purchased the Segway without the extra generosity of the Sarasins. Their gift increases the number of people that I can encourage to be involved, informed citizens, which is the backbone of democracy."

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