Worldwide Candle Lighting (with The Compassionate Friends)

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

Congressional Cemetery will host a candle lighting on December 10 as part of The Compassionate Friends 27th Worldwide Candle Lighting. Compassionate Friends is an international organization dedicated to "supporting family after a child has died."

Event Series Death Cafe

Death Cafe

Historic Congressional Cemetery Chapel 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

As an active burial ground, Historic Congressional Cemetery is well acquainted with death. But just what is a Death Cafe? Death Cafe is a global movement facilitating thoughts and discussion about the often taboo subject of death, It’s a intimate informal gathering to discuss death while eating cake and drinking tea. There is no agenda [...]

Free

Death Doula Days

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

Our special drop in guest will be our own Kitty Linton, HCC’s social media contributor and photographer. You are welcome, of course, to arrive or leave any time during Death Doula Day office hours 10am until noon. Kitty is a professional photographer originally from London, England and when she's not taking photos of the cemetery, she is documenting the living.

Wreaths Across America Wreath Laying

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

Please join Congressional Cemetery Staff in our partnership with Wreaths Across America to lay wreaths at the gravesites of our resident veterans this Holiday Season! Wreaths Across America is a US-based Non-Profit Organization started in 2007 by Wreath Producer Morrill Worcester. Every year, in partnership with shipping companies, truckers, living veterans, cemetery staff, and all [...]

Notes From the Crypt Holiday Concert

Historic Congressional Cemetery Chapel 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

Enjoy holiday favorites performed by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra. This is a FREE event - no tickets or reservations are required. Seating is first come, first served. Door open at 11:30am. Join us! Download Flyer  

Death Doula Days

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

This is our final Death Doula Day activity for 2023. This end of year session in our end of life topic will be a celebration and a remembrance of an extraordinary project. Come with a dish to share for a Death Doula Day community meal, from 11am to 1pm.Come remember the activities, the guests, the conversations we engaged in over the year and reconnect with others who have been with us one time, many times, or even haven't been able to attend but always wanted to!

Tombs and Tomes Book Club January (In Person)

Historic Congressional Cemetery Chapel 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

Tombs and Tomes is Congressional Cemetery’s book club. We meet every other month on the second Tuesday in our historic Chapel, and we discuss primarily non-fiction books. Our book selections have no rhyme and reason; however, our choices tend to stray towards the macabre, as is natural for a cemetery book club. Our very first meeting was in September [...]

Tombs and Tomes Book Club January (Virtual)

Zoom DC, United States

Tombs and Tomes is Congressional Cemetery’s book club. We meet every other month on the second Tuesday in our historic Chapel, and we discuss primarily non-fiction books. Our book selections have no rhyme and reason; however, our choices tend to stray towards the macabre, as is natural for a cemetery book club. Our very first meeting was in September [...]

African Americans at Congressional Cemetery: Guided Docent Tour

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

African Americans, across history, have left their mark on the United States and this story of tragedy, endurance, and triumph are echoed in the graves of many individuals who are interred at Congressional Cemetery. From the formerly enslaved, to philosophers, to DC's Mayor for Life, come and join one of our expert docents for an exploration [...]

$5

Presidential History Tour

Historic Congressional Cemetery is a microcosm of American and DC history. And little is synonymous with both quite like the White House. Dozens of individuals memorialized at the cemetery are connected to the office of the Presidency. They include cabinet members, vice presidents, assassination conspirators, photographers, architects, wayward sons, secretaries, landladies, and bodyguards. Together, they [...]

$5