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The latest news, announcements and updates for Historic Congressional Cemetery

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. The article went on to speculate about which part of town the Obamas [...]

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

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 [...]

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

In Which the Cemetery Staff Take a Little Trip

If you live in Washington, D.C., it's a well-known fact that 95% of introductory conversations begin with: "Where do you work/What do you do?" My husband frequently reminds me that I should start with "I work at a historic non-profit" and then move to the cemetery bit, a piece of advice I frequently forget. It's [...]

2019-07-26T11:36:36-04:00October 12th, 2015|

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 [...]

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

A Labor of Love: Adopting a Plot at Congressional Cemetery

This week's blog post comes to you from Beverley Lumpkin, a K9 Corps member and winner of the 2014 Benjamin B. French Lodge No. 15, F.A.A.M. Volunteer Award from Congressional Cemetery. In addition to volunteering her time on numerous committees, she maintains a plot through the Cemetery's Adopt-a-Plot program. More on this saga from Beverley: [...]

2019-07-26T11:31:28-04:00June 17th, 2015|

Behind the Scenes: Notes from the Crypt

I asked Eric deWaardt to write a blog post telling everyone a little bit more about the Notes from the Crypt concerts that he organizes monthly for the cemetery. He wrote the below post, but in true Eric fashion, he is far too humble in his explanation, which prompts me to properly introduce him. Eric is a [...]

2019-07-26T11:18:33-04:00June 9th, 2015|

You’re Hosting What in the Cemetery?

Why does a cemetery need or choose to have events? Isn’t having ___________ (fill in the blank with an event) disrespectful to the dead? Cemeteries should be serene, peaceful spaces reserved for contemplation and mourning. As a historic yet active cemetery, we sometimes receive the above remarks and questions, along with similar commentary, in response [...]

2019-07-26T11:16:30-04:00May 19th, 2015|
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