Today, we should all take time to recognize the sesquicentennial of the Washington Arsenal explosion. In fact, the weather was very similar to the conditions in DC today on June 17th, 1864. The explosion was precipitated by fireworks laid out to dry by the Arsenal’s superintendent. The hot June day caused the fireworks to explode [...]
Vice President Margaret Puglisi and Doug Graves at their nerdiest. And when we say "nerds," we most certainly mean it as a compliment. This comes directly from the cemetery staff members who have had in-depth conversations about their dream tombstones, hold firm opinions about their favorite "residents" in the cemetery, and whose idea of a good [...]
Guest post from author Garrett Peck (check out his website). Did you miss out on getting tickets to Savor? Never fear: Historic Congressional Cemetery is throwing a Maibockfest on Saturday, May 10 from 3:00 - 6:00pm - and you’re invited. George Beckert (far left) may have been the first to brew lager in DC. He and [...]
Congressional Cemetery holds its Annual Meeting every year on the third Saturday of April, timed to coincide with the blooming cherry blossoms that populate the cemetery's landscape. The public is invited to hear about the state of the cemetery and listen to plans for the upcoming year. This year the Annual Meeting will take place [...]
Recently, the National Park Service awarded a $6,500 matching grant through the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. The grant will provide funding for four interpretive granite and bronze footstone markers at the grave sites of William Boyd, John Dean, Hannibal Hamlin, and David Hall. Historian Sandy Schmidt has completed countless hours of research [...]
Mark your calendars! The 2014 Civil War tour schedule is now updated. All tours are free and are led by Civil War expert Steve Hammond. Note the special tour on June 21st, when Congressional Cemetery will hold a memorial service for the victims of the 1864 DC Arsenal explosion.
Oddly enough, there are a few cemeteries that host book clubs. Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia has Boneyard Bookworms, and Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC has Read in Peace. A book club in a cemetery must have a clever name, and the title of our nascent book club is Tombs and Tomes. So far, [...]
We're excited to announce a special upcoming event at Congressional Cemetery in honor of Valentine's Day. And as you might imagine, it's a tad unorthodox: As the advertisement suggests, the tour won't be your usual saccharine and sappy fare (although no offense to those who enjoy that sort of thing). Any self-respecting Valentine's Day event [...]