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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 … Continue reading

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Historic Congressional Cemetery Docents Answer Real Visitor Questions

By Frank J. Pietrucha 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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” … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Looking for a Weekend Activity for the Kids?

Bring them to Congressional to learn in a unique setting! If your kids are interested in geology, analyze the different types of stones and how they weather. Biology?  Our headstones have fascinating clusters of biological staining, crusts, and lichen. Our … Continue reading

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Let’s Play a Game, Shall We?

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 … Continue reading

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A Year in Review (aka The Long-Overdue Blog Post)

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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 … Continue reading

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Flee the British 5k and Fun Run

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 … Continue reading

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