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Spencer Fullerton Baird remains with Smithsonian

Walking through the Smithsonian Castle gardens, I spotted a statue of Spencer Fullerton Baird that towered overhead. Who was this man? Baird (1832-1887) was the Smithsonian’s second secretary and a pioneer in American natural history. He worked at the Smithsonian … Continue reading

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Cross of Sacrifice at Arlington National Cemetery

It’s often called the “Canadian Cross” but technically the large cross behind the Tomb of the Unknowns and near the memorials to astronauts is called the “Cross of Sacrifice.” The bronze sword atop the 24-foot gray granite cross was dedicated … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Life on the Mall

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Take a long look at America and War and Peace

Some artwork only requires a moment’s attention to grasp its focus. America and War and Peace will take awhile. Located by the John F. Kennedy Center entrance, the bronze series of panels 16 feet long was a gift from Germany … Continue reading

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Daniel Webster offers the highest of relief panels

Normally, the high relief art complements the statue, but the two beneath the statue of Daniel Webster are the coolest ones I’ve seen around town. They are nearly lifelike, showing none of their 110 years. The scene in the front … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Capitol pool

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Taking green energy in stride

Sidewalks – they’re not the friendliest of places around Washington. I once fell face down on the sidewalk when kicking a raised section near OPM. I wasn’t badly hurt, but that people actually walked around me without helping angered me … Continue reading

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Swords to Plowshares at Lincoln Memorial

This mobile bell tower rose near the dropoff zone by the Lincoln Memorial during Memorial Day weekend. It’s patterned after the Memorial Bell Tower by N.C. State University where the bronze door has a panel stating, “And They Shall Beat … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day

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Refurbished Grant statues are magnificent

  It’s not often I give two thumbs up, a standing ovation or a big cheer, but finally seeing the restored Grant statue with his artillery and cavalry by the U.S. Capitol west side rekindled my faith in excellent work. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Walking the canal

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There is no average week

It’s the busy time of tour season when endless buses of school children clog the monuments while adult visitors wonder what’s all the chaos? When people ask me what tour guiding is like, the past week is my perfect example. … Continue reading

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Is FDR the new E.T.?

Check out the photo. Everybody seems to be touching the finger of the main statue of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Do they think he’s E.T.? Seriously, the finger is shiny like it’s brand new. No green, no tarnish. Weird. … Continue reading

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Shutterbugs – this sculpture’s for you

It seems only fitting that a sculpture of the first photographer rests outside the National Portrait Gallery on 7th St. N.W. just steps from the Verizon Center. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (November 18, 1787 – July 10, 1851) was a French artist … Continue reading

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Adams Memorial proves haunting in a graveyard

You will stop. Stare hard. Start to feel the grief. It’s an amazing memorial — the Adams Memorial. Located in Rock Creek Cemetery (though this photo is of a copy at the American Art Museum) is a bronze marker dedicated … Continue reading

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Spanish American War nurses remembered

The large granite boulder remembers the nurses of the Spanish America war, which was the first to have nurses organized by the military. The Maltese cross, symbol of The Society of Spanish American War nurses, sits high on the marker … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: D.C. Court of Appeals

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Go on tour by yourself (with me)

No, I haven’t been drinking . . . lately. I’ve recorded three audio tours in conjunction with Voicemap.me. Voicemap combines GPS technology with the audio tour so when you come within 30 feet of the site the audio begins playing … Continue reading

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Cemetery marker: ‘Gunshot wound in the brain’

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Rock Creek Cemetery markers for memories

Wandering through Rock Creek Cemetery is a lesson is historic architecture. It’s probably the best cemetery in Washington for angels alone. The rich and famous from former Washington territorial mayor “Boss” Shepherd to president Teddy Roosevelt’s iconic daughter Alice are … Continue reading

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