The Senate's desks are historical artifacts -- so Senate curator Diane Skvarla winces a little when she watches lawmakers pound their fists on the furniture during heated Senate debates. During recesses, her team of restorers works to repair the battered desks, hopefully keeping them functional for many years to come. "Most people like to think of them as a working museum. Every time they’re used, they get more history," Skvarla says.

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