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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


Hannah Miller’s Adventures: Part 2

Published Tue, 26 Jul 2016

Hi Everyone!! It’s me again. Hannah, the intern. And I’ve come back to tell you all about my adventures at the cemetery last weekend! Something really fun happened at Historic Congressional Cemetery on Friday, and if you weren’t there, or … Continue reading


A Historic Run

Published Fri, 08 Jul 2016

Whatever your political views may be, we can all agree that we are currently experiencing one of the most tempestuous presidential elections the country has ever seen.  The ups and downs of campaigning and primaries have dominated the news cycles … Continue reading


Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Ever-Exciting Hannah Miller: Part 1

Published Thu, 23 Jun 2016

Each year Congressional Cemetery hosts summer interns from both undergraduate and graduate programs. These interns help us with a variety of tasks depending on their interests and our needs. Typical projects include assisting with the ongoing condition assessments of the … Continue reading


A Pitch for the Best Neighborhood

Published Fri, 22 Apr 2016

By Beverley Lumpkin Recently the Washington Post quoted President Obama revealing that he and the first family would “probably” stay in Washington, D.C., for a couple of years after his term ends so that younger daughter Sasha can finish high … Continue reading


Historic Congressional Cemetery Docents Answer Real Visitor Questions

Published Fri, 08 Apr 2016

By Frank J. Pietrucha What kind of questions do visitors ask when touring the storied grounds of Historical Congressional Cemetery (HCC)? A zinger is always possible, but for the most part, questions are fairly predictable.  Here are three questions commonly … Continue reading


Remembering the Forgotten Many

Published Wed, 18 Nov 2015

What began as a blog post about the controversial son of Dolley Madison, John Payne Todd, quickly evolved into a more personal study. This isn’t uncommon around here, or frankly, any historical institution where archival records are full of bits … Continue reading