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Rumors: Tall Tales About Senate Art

Millions of people come to the Senate each year to learn about the institution and to view the rich art and historical collections housed in the Capitol. Most visitors receive accurate, meaningful information. However, sometimes misinformation, inaccuracies, and errors obscure the true story of the Senate. Here is a sampling of the more unusual stories that have been heard. Click on the links below to view some of these colorful errors, falsehoods, and inaccuracies about the Senate and its art and history.


Battle of Lake Erie: Face It!
Image: Battle of Lake Erie Faces Cropped
Battle of Lake Erie: Framed
Image: Battle of Lake Erie Frame crop
Bust of James Sherman: Criminal Evidence?
Image: Sherman Mark crop
Crystal Chandelier: Skeletons in the Closet?
Image: Crystal Chandelier

"Ohio" Clock: What's in a Name?
Image: Ohio Clock Carved Shield
"Ohio" Clock: A Secret Stash?
Image: Ohio Clock Liquor Crop
President's Room Table: A Civil Rights Landmark?
Image: President's Room Table Crop


Art Related Links

Office of the Senate Curator
Senate Catalogue of Fine Art
Senate Catalogue of Graphic Art
Image Reproduction Requests

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