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The 2014 US Capitol Christmas Tree is an 88 foot tall white spruce taken from the Chippewa National Forrest in Minnesota. The tree was cut down on October 29th, and it arrived at the Capitol after being displayed in more than 30 cities. As part of a Make-a-Wish Foundation grant, the tree was lit by a 10 year old boy who is fighting brain cancer. The Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments made by Minnesotians.

Please note the restoration work being done to the Capitol’s Dome in the background of the picture. Repair of the Dome’s more than 1,000 cracks are expected to be completed in approximately one year. Restoration work on the interior should be finished by the autumn months of 2016.

Enjoy every day of this Christmas season!

Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D.
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