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How to Order a Flag that Flew over the Capitol

The “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Old Glory,” the “Stars and Stripes” — no matter the name, the American flag is a familiar, important symbol of our nation.

And what could be more authentically patriotic than owning a flag that flew on top of the Capitol Building?

Since 1937, when a member of Congress requested a flag flown on the top of the Capitol, a part of the duties of the Architect of the Capitol has been to distribute requested flags to members of Congress - and the general public.

Currently, the Architect of the Capitol fulfills requests from the members of the Senate and the House, averaging about 100,000 flag requests annually with a steadily increasing number of requests each year. To request your own personal 3-by-5-foot or 5-by-8-foot flag, you should contact your representative or senator directly.

To find contact information for your Congressional representatives, visit:

If you’re interested, visit the Architect of the Capitol’s website to learn more about their duties. The position has existed since the laying of the Capitol cornerstone in 1793 - serving as builder and steward of some of the country’s landmarks, including the Capitol Building, the Senate and House office buildings, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Botanical Garden.

And to learn more about the flag request process, check out this PDF of a flag request form, the guidelines for ordering flags or the flag policy from the Architect of the Capitol’s office.

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What is it like to photograph the most powerful person in the world? Four Presidential photographers share their stories on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m.
Join us in person or watch on our Ustream channel.
A panel moderated by Dee Dee Myers, who served as White House Press Secretary during President Clinton’s first term, includes veteran Presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Sharon Farmer (Bill Clinton), and Eric Draper (George W. Bush).
The panel will discuss their photographs and their personal recollections of photographing the Presidents.
Presented in partnership with the White House Historical Association and the White House Correspondents’ Association.
This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

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From the National Archives:

What is it like to photograph the most powerful person in the world? Four Presidential photographers share their stories on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m.

Join us in person or watch on our Ustream channel.

A panel moderated by Dee Dee Myers, who served as White House Press Secretary during President Clinton’s first term, includes veteran Presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Sharon Farmer (Bill Clinton), and Eric Draper (George W. Bush).

The panel will discuss their photographs and their personal recollections of photographing the Presidents.

Presented in partnership with the White House Historical Association and the White House Correspondents’ Association.

This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

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Image description: If you’re looking for a great read, check out the National Archives Today’s Document Tumblr. You’ll find pictures and videos highlighting unique moments in history. Plus Time Magazine just named the blog one of 30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013!

From the National Archives:

#ICYMI: Today’s Document was featured in timemagazine's 30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013!

Not only can you “impress your friends over cocktails,” we can also attest that Today’s Document will give you a formidable advantage when playing those high stakes games of furlough Trivial Pursuit (original Genus edition).

The Bill that Re-Opened the Government and Raised the Debt Limit

Yesterday Congress passed Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 2775) to fund the government through January 15 and raise the debt limit through February 7, allowing the country to pay its bills. The President signed it into law.

You can read the full language in the bill: H.R. 2775

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