Introducing…The Summer Interns!

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, Writing, and Research intern here at Historic Congressional Cemetery. I’m a rising senior and unabashed [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:19:03-04:00June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Then Fix It, Dear Henry!

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 fallen headstones. It’s common, and there are a myriad number of reasons that this happens. [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:15:02-04:00April 18th, 2017|Landscape, Stone Stories|Comments Off on Then Fix It, Dear Henry!

Congressional Cemetery’s Giant

Image from 1908 Washington Post article   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 to 8 feet 3 inches. Other studies [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:08:47-04:00October 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

We’re Dead Serious: Save These Dates.

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 and pumpkin-everything in an effort to trick us all into believing the season is officially [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:06:05-04:00August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

An Interview with Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Intern Darren Messing

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 has given me several amazing opportunities to spend time at the cemetery--attending the Twilight Tours, [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:59:34-04:00August 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on An Interview with Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Intern Darren Messing

White Vault Restoration

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, ironwork corroding, and mortar had essentially disappeared from the majority of the structure.  All of [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:56:47-04:00August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on White Vault Restoration

A Historic Run

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 for what is arguably a historic amount of time, as the drawn-out process has delivered [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:50:03-04:00July 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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

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 gravestones, writing for our newsletter and blog, researching genealogy, and "other duties as assigned" - [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:50:13-04:00June 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Pitch for the Best Neighborhood

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 school. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/03/03/which-d-c-neighborhood-might-the-obamas-live-in-next/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_fix The article went on to speculate about which part of town the Obamas [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:45:01-04:00April 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments
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