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Civil Rights at 50
Charles Sumner, 1874
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Civil War Sesquicentennial
The Great Uprising of the North--An Anniversary Picture--April 12, 1862.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a continuing series of online features explores the Senate's wartime experience.
This Week in Senate History
John Adams by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews
April 21, 1789

John Adams assumed his duties as the nation's first vice president in the Senate chamber at New York City's Federal Hall.

2014 Session Schedule
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Floor Schedule

Monday, Apr 28, 2014

2:00 p.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

5:30 p.m.: Proceed to executive session to consider nominations.

Previous Meeting

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

The Senate convened at 4:00 p.m. and adjourned at 4:14 p.m. No record votes were taken.

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Material Culture of the Senate

Dictionaries define "material culture" as the "the physical objects created by a culture; the buildings, tools, and other artifacts created by the members" of a particular group, society or agency. Many of these tools and artifacts we take for granted, but such objects are valuable components of any institution's history.

Desk, Senate Chamber

U.S. Senate Financial Clerk's safe

Image: Willard Clock (Cat. no. 54.00002)

The Senate's material culture includes the historic desks in the Senate Chamber, the unique ivory gavel used by the presiding officer, and the stately Ohio Clock. Some items are institutional in purpose, such as the Senate seal, while others are closely connected to specific individuals or events. They might be as small as a snuff box, as inconspicuous as the pineapple fixture, or as large and prominent as the majestic Eagle and Shield, but they are all components of the Senate's story. The preservation of this material culture exemplifies the Senate's respect for history and tradition.

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