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|0 Comments

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

Historic Congressional Cemetery Docents Answer Real Visitor Questions

By Frank J. Pietrucha Archivist and docent Dayle Dooley giving a tour at the cemetery. 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 asked and [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:40:33-04:00April 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Remembering the Forgotten Many

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 and pieces which quickly lead to other files, and other topics. We have a few [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:38:58-04:00November 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|7 Comments

James A. LaFontaine

Here at the Congressional Cemetery we strive to make the stories of the people interred here, and their roles in our history, more approachable.  We currently have 16 walking tours available online that cover a range of subjects from the brewers of D.C. to Civil Rights heroes, and we are adding more steadily.  These tours [...]

By |2019-07-26T11:30:55-04:00July 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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