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15 Instagram Accounts for the Government Obsessed

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The politically minded should take note that there are more ways to stay aware of what the U.S. government is up to than through the news or Twitter. Instagram is a great way to be connected through a visual medium. Below, Curbed has listed 15 must-follow government department and agency Instagram accounts, varying from the Department of Justice to the Smithsonian.

Think Curbed left off one or two? Let us know in the comments.

1. @whitehouse

2. @visitthecapitol

Beautiful morning at the US Capitol. Enjoy your visit! #DC #CapitolExperience

A photo posted by U.S. Capitol (@visitthecapitol) on

3. @petesouza

4. @smithsonian

5. @thejusticedept

The Justice Department is excited to join the Instagram community. #justice

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6. @statedept

7. @smithsonianzoo

8. @deptofdefense

9. @usedgov

Education touches every single American. We see that in the teachers who wake up early to teach hundreds of kids, stay up late to grade papers, and create a lesson plan to do it all over again the next day. We see it in the kid who dreams of becoming an engineer and is able to take an AP class in his high school. We see it in the parent who is thrilled to find high-quality preschool in his community for his child. We see it in the student who immigrated to this country and is the first in her family to enroll and complete college in the United States. We see it in the adult learner who is gaining new knowledge and skills through community college. In all of these examples we see people who are improving their lives and looking to a future of hope and promise. We have been traveling the country capturing stories, your stories, and now we want to share them with you to inspire you. These are #VoicesAcrossAmerica ====================== We want to hear from you! Share your education story with us. Who is your favorite teacher? What odds have you overcome to get an education? If you had a dream school, what would it look like? Why is teaching the best job in the world? What are the qualities of a great teacher? What is your favorite subject in school? Why? Tag @usedgov and #VoicesAcrossAmerica to share.

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10. @usnatarchives

In 1952, Josephine Cobb, chief of the Still Photo section at the National Archives, discovered a glass plate negative. Taken by #MathewBrady, the photo showed the speaker’s stand at #Gettysburg on the day of its dedication as a National Cemetery. Lincoln delivered the #GettysburgAddress 152 years ago today. Until Cobb looked more closely at that Mathew Brady photo in 1952, it was thought that no photo existed of the President at Gettysburg on that day. Based off the placement of people, the slight elevation of a few in the center left field of the photograph, and where the crowd was looking, Cobb bet that Lincoln would be in the photo. This is a cropped section of the very enlarged photo. We've put a red square around the man she identified as Lincoln. What do you think? Cobb estimated that the photo was taken around noontime, before Edward Everett arrived, and about three hours before Lincoln delivered his famous address. #DYK #archives #OTD #photography #CivilWar @gettysburgvisitorscenter #

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11. @usdagov

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Calvin Riggleman holds an oregano seedling and soil on Bigg Riggs farm in Hampshire County, WV. Today, more than five million veterans live in rural areas, a higher concentration than in any other part of the country. And as part of the beginning farmer community, many #veterans are eligible for a wide variety of USDA programs and resources that include access to capital through our beginning farmer loan program, farm ownership loans or microloans. On Thursday, September 17, at 11 a.m. ET, Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will sit down with a live panel of veteran farmers and training organizations for a #Google+ Hangout to discuss opportunities for returning service members who are looking for long-term careers in #farming, #ranching and #agriculture. Leave a comment here for the panel to answer, or use #NextGenAg on Twitter. Join us live on Thursday at: www.usda.gov/live

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12. @usinterior

13. @us.america

14. @energy

15. @deptvetaffairs

Ceremonies are getting underway shortly at the #WWIIMemorial in DC this #VeteransDay. #HonoringVets

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Honorable Mentions:

1. @barackobama

"You and I" #21Years

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2. @michelleobama

Happy Birthday to the man who always makes me proud. Thank you for your friendship, honesty and compassion. I will love you always. -mo

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3. @vp

Proud to live in a country that recognizes the dignity of all its citizens. Love won today and we couldn't be prouder.

A photo posted by Vice President Joe Biden (@vp) on

4. @drbiden

Happy birthday to my favorite @VP, best friend and love of my life! –Jill

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5. @whkitchengarden

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