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Rumors! Tall Tales About Senate Art
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Millions of people come to the Senate each year to learn about the institution through its art and historical collections. However, sometimes misinformation obscures the true story of the Senate. "Rumors!" is a sampling of the more unusual stories that have been heard.
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December 4, 1815

After British troops burned the Capitol in August 1814, the Senate sought temporary quarters. At the beginning of the Fourteenth Congress, on December 4, 1815, senators convened in a brick structure hastily erected on the current site of the Supreme Court. Both the Senate and House remained at that site until restoration of the Capitol was completed in December 1819.


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Thursday, Dec 02, 2010

9:30 a.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

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Wednesday, Dec 01, 2010

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:32 p.m. No record votes were taken.

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Explore the Senate's Decorative Art Collection

The U.S. Capitol has many exceptional furnishings and unique objects that reflect its status as the seat of our national democracy. Yet its long history as a working office building and popular public attraction has also required the purchase of a wide range of everyday items. A new section of the Senate's Art site offers a glimpse of these varied historic pieces.

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With over 1,000 items, the Senate’s Decorative Art Collection showcases some of the nation’s most important heirlooms, as well as many everyday objects that reflect the needs of the institution and its members over the past 200 years.

The Decorative Art Web site is divided into four main sections: Furniture; Mirrors; Timepieces; and "Other," which includes a wide array of objects—from gavels and snuffboxes, to tableware and walking sticks. The site will continue to expand as new items are selected from the collection.

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