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Look up at National Archives pediment

I’m a big advocate of looking up when walking around major buildings. It’s amazing what you’re missing at street level. The Recorder of the Archives hangs above Pennsylvania Ave. Author James Goode called it “the finest sculptured pediment in Washington” … Continue reading

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Henry Rathbone’s house – the man next to Lincoln

The White House isn’t the only house to walk by the front door around Lafayette Park. A famous bystander to history is a few doors down. Major Henry Rathbone was in Abraham Lincoln’s box when murdered by John Wilkes Booth. … Continue reading

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Mayor Smallwood at Congressional Cemetery

The old simple stones near the entrance of Congressional Cemetery mark one of the early prominent families of Washington who made the graveyard possible. Samuel Nicholas Smallwood was twice mayor of Washington from 1819-22 and 1824 when dying in office. … Continue reading

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Christman stands tall in death

Sometimes I wander by a grave at Arlington National Cemetery and wonder who inspired such an interesting marker. And sometimes there’s very little information to learn. Cpl. Claude B. Christman  of the 27th U.S. Infantry was killed in Manila on … Continue reading

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The lady in white

It’s not often a statue gets center stage – twice. The Statue of Freedom lies atop the U.S. Capitol dome, but also inside the Capitol Visitors Center underneath. The statue shows the “Lady Freedom” with her right hand on a … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: DAR reading room

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Four brothers at Arlington National Cemetery

Band of Brothers is often used beyond the famous World War II unit. But for one grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery, it’s true. The four McCullough brothers are buried together in the back of the cemetery. All served in … Continue reading

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Jefferson keeps an eye on Library of Congress

The Library of Congress across the street from the U.S. Capitol was created as a reference library for our politicians. Today, the public also uses it for research. The three buildings are grand to see with their architecture and collections. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Atop the DAR

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Seabees Monument stands ready for action

The toughest men of World War II might have been the Navy Seabees. Created in March 1942 to construct whatever was needed in World War II, the “Construction Builders” were known as “CBs” and hence Seabees. These guys could build … Continue reading

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John Carroll still overseeing his campus

Bishop John Carroll grew up in Upper Marlboro, Md., educated in Europe and returned to become the leader of American Catholics and establish Georgetown University. Why do students put toilet seats under the bronze statue on campus and place jack-o-lanters … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: DAR staircase

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Off The Record – for a drink

Some new folks to town wanted to see the sights . . . and some bars. So, why not start with Off The Record at the Hay Adams Hotel? It’s a little tricky to find, which is probably how some … Continue reading

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A walk in a French forest . . . kinda

Most people walk through Meridian House and come away impressed with the shear size of the Beaux Arts mansion designed by the renowned John Russell Pope in 1919. Me – I liked the trees in the back. U.S. ambassador Irwin … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Joan of Arc has her sword back

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Final salute for the Sergeant at Arms

The simple white marker surrounded by a small black metal fence shows someone special lies below in the center of Congressional Cemetery. Montjoy Bayly was more than a captain in the 7th regiment of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Capitol Hill walkways

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The face behind the grave

I’m partial to grave markers that include an etching of the person buried there. It’s one thing to read about them, but pretty cool to see what they looked like. Green Clay Smith is among a handful of large markers … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Kennedy Center balcony

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Remembering the life of a child

The death of a child is certainly heartbreaking. It often makes for interesting memorials. Alice May Parker died in 1861 at age 12 of typhoid fever. At Congressional Cemetery, a praying angel the size of a child prays over her … Continue reading

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