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NON PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 9690 WASHINGTON, DC 200 Maryland Ave., NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 543-8919 (800) 887-9318 e-mail: O n 28 November 2018, the United States Capitol His- torical Society presented the 2018 Freedom Award to the office of the Architect of the Capitol. Christine Merdon, acting Architect of the Capitol, accepted the award on the agency's behalf. e evening's ceremony also featured the unveiling of the official portrait of retiring 11th Architect of the Capitol, the Hon. Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, CCM, LEED AP. Following the presentation of the colors by the U.S. Capitol Police Ceremonial Unit and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the program was opened by USCHS Trustee Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. "It is an incredible building with an incredible heritage and incredible story told every day. It wouldn't be an easy thing to sign up to be responsible for that building… but that's what Stephen Ayers decided to do." Following his remarks Blunt unveiled the portrait of Ayers. Ayers spoke of his appreciation for the Society: "We work together to award scholarships to academic research- ers and have added significantly to the documented history of the Capitol over the years. We partner with [the Society] on a fabulous program to provide tours, lunch, and content to at-risk children right here in Washington, D.C. We work together to bring academ- ics, pundits, politicians, writers, researchers, and per- sonalities to the Capitol to provide enlightening content to the public...and so, so much more."(cont. on page 65) 2018 FREEDOM AWARD PRESENTED TO THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL USCHS Chairman Donald G. Carlson (right) presents the 2018 Freedom Award to (from le) 10th Architect of the Capitol Alan M. Hantman, 11th Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, and Acting Architect of the Capitol Christine A. Merdon. KATIE GARLOCK/PORTRAITIONS

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