On August 24 at 8 a.m., Congressional Cemetery will be hosting the Flee the British 5k to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the Burning of Washington! Runners will chase Dolley Madison as she rescues the famous portrait of George Washington from the flames during the War of 1812. Those bringing up the rear will feel [...]
My name is Jennie Black, and I’m spending seven weeks interning at Congressional Cemetery this summer. I’m a native of Chicago and recently graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. The past few weeks, I've gotten the chance to be involved with many aspects of the cemetery and work [...]
Remember our post about cemetery nerds? (If not, see here). Same applies to this. If you love conservation, cemeteries, archaeology or preservation, this workshop is for you. More information here: https://congressionalcemetery.org/operation-conservation We hope to see you there!
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, [...]