We have a friendly challenge here at Congressional Cemetery: give us an American historical event and we'll find you a connection to a cemetery resident. No promises on how relevant or direct the connection will be, but we're able to find an abundance of tidbits and trivia that can connect most events in American history [...]
Blog posts are like New Year's resolutions. It all starts out with the best of intentions, but before you know it's easy to let things slide a bit. In our case, we let a few weeks or, er, months build up between blog posts. To make up for it, here's a brief recap of [...]
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 [...]
At the last International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA) conference, HCC President Paul K. Williams was struck with the aesthetic of a tall granite obelisk that reminded him of the many historic monuments located on the grounds at Congressional. Except this one was different: a modern rendition that is pre-assembled and designed to hold [...]
Historic Congressional Cemetery has kicked off a $195,000 capital campaign to restore and reinstall the original front gate at the main entrance to the cemetery. You can donate HERE. The heavy wrought iron gate was installed in 1856, but was moved to another area of the cemetery in 1923 when the gatehouse was erected. A [...]