Category Archives: Monuments and Statues

That’s Smithson . . . as in Smithsonian

Who’s the man in the bathtub? Wow, what am I going to do with you guys? That’s the remains of James Smithson as in the man that founded museums that bear his name. So what’s he doing in a bathtub? … 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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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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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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Grant rides again

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The most seen statue in Washington

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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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Summerhouse been a quenching respite since 1880

Where can you go for a drink around the U.S. Capitol? Well, since 1880 or so The Summerhouse has always offered refreshment. Water, that is. The hexagonal red brick building on the west lawn of the Senate side has a … Continue reading

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Upright Motive No. 1: Glenkiln Cross

It’s the accidental sculpture. The original lies on a hilltop on the Glenkiln Farm Estate in Scotland where a shepherd once oversaw his flock. British sculptor Henry Moore made the 11-foot tall bronze cross with a small crosspiece near the … Continue reading

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Olive Risley Seward: The lady was a daughter

On the edge of Seward Square is a statue of a Victorian woman looking at the grassy area. Turns out it’s a long story and a good one. William Seward was Secretary of State who not only bought Alaska for … Continue reading

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Martin Luther soars above the daily life

It’s not just the statue that catches my eye, but the background. At the proper angle, they combine for a commanding presence. Martin Luther and the Luther Place Memorial Church in the background at Thomas Circle are a perfect partnership … Continue reading

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Grant statue by Capitol

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The Big Red One – literally

I’ve walked by this monument often over the past 30 years because my wife works nearby. And I knew what it was and even seen it in the spring with the red flowers filling the dirt area in the photo … Continue reading

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A rebel becomes a liberator – José Eloy Alfaro Delgado

José Eloy Alfaro Delgado (June 25, 1842 – January 28, 1912) was Ecuador’s president from 1895-1901 and 1906-11. A leader in the Liberal Revolution of 1895, “Viejo Luchador” (Old Warrior) created national unity, secured its borders and brought new transportation … Continue reading

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Three Soldiers Statue at Vietnam Wall

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Three Soldiers statue from a different perspective

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Storytime on Annapolis waterfront

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Statues on Embassy Row

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Francis Scott Key Park

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Most photographed statue in Washington

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