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Not Written in Stone or Bone

Published Thu, 10 Aug 2017

The staff here often refer to cemeteries as outdoor museums. Our “collection” on the grounds consists of over 14,000 headstones, each one in need of proper care and conservation, and each one has a written story to tell. Some stories … Continue reading


Adam Gurowski: A Polish Eccentric and Lincoln’s Intellectual Foe

Published Thu, 27 Jul 2017

When President Abraham Lincoln told his bodyguard about whom he feared potentially assassinating him the most, it wasn’t the disgruntled, Confederate-sympathizing actor John Wilkes Booth. Rather, it was a somewhat bizarre Polish man who had renounced his old citizenship, became … Continue reading


And you thought I was done with introductions: Meet our new Grounds Conservation Manager, Kymberly Mattern

Published Thu, 13 Jul 2017

Now that our previous Grounds Conservation Manager, Daniel Holcombe, has moved on to a new job, it’s time to welcome our new one, Kymberly Mattern! This Northern Virginia native recently moved back to the region upon completing her graduate studies. … Continue reading


The Dead Tell the Best Stories: An App Review

Published Thu, 29 Jun 2017

Do you love interesting stories about our Cemetery’s “residents?” Of course you do! You’re following the Congressional Cemetery blog. You’re in great company, because so does Liz Ruskin, a woman who works in public radio, brings her dog Lola to … Continue reading


Introducing…The Summer Interns!

Published Thu, 15 Jun 2017

In keeping with Cemetery intern tradition, I figured that I should go ahead and formally introduce myself and our other summer intern to the fabulous readers of this blog! My name is Katelyn Belz, and I am this summer’s Programming, … Continue reading


Then Fix It, Dear Henry!

Published Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Here’s a common complaint and concern we often receive at the Cemetery: “I see so many fallen headstones in the cemetery. Why don’t you fix them?” If you’ve traipsed around your share of historic cemeteries then you’re used to seeing … Continue reading


Congressional Cemetery’s Giant

Published Thu, 20 Oct 2016

  At Congressional Cemetery, we have a giant in our midst. Varying accounts place resident John Turner at different heights: a Washington Post article claims that he was 7 foot 7 inches, while a contemporary surgeon inflated his height considerably … Continue reading


We’re Dead Serious: Save These Dates.

Published Wed, 24 Aug 2016

The past few days in DC have been uncharacteristically cool for August, which naturally turns thoughts to fall and all the good things that come along with the season. Per usual, local stores have jumped the gun, proudly displaying Halloween decorations … Continue reading


An Interview with Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Intern Darren Messing

Published Thu, 18 Aug 2016

By Hannah Miller Hello, friends of Historic Congressional Cemetery! It’s me again, Hannah.  I hope everyone has been enjoying their week and has had the opportunity to make it out to HCC at some point this summer! Being an intern … Continue reading


White Vault Restoration

Published Wed, 10 Aug 2016

By Margaret Puglisi In 2003, when the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) assessed all of the structures at Congressional Cemetery, the White Vault was in dire condition.  Structural elements were severely deteriorated or missing altogether.  Brick was spalling, sandstone delaminating, … Continue reading