Living in Washington, D.C., it can be easy to take for granted the monuments that people come across the nation and around the globe to visit. Recently, the reopening of the Washington Monument has been big news here in D.C. It had been closed for repairs since the earthquake in August 2011 (there was another small one in Virginia this week). Soon after its reopening, I decided to go there and make the trip to the top.
Before boarding the elevator, I noticed a carved signature that looked very familiar. In fact, I thought I remembered having seen it on In Custodia Legis. I searched and found Nathan’s post with George Washington’s signature. The signature was a feature included on one of the items in our rare book collection–Acts passed at the First Congress of the United States of America.
The day of my visit was perfect. It was a sunny day with a clear view of the city in every direction. Fortunately, the elevator didn’t break down while my two-year old and I were riding in it. I can’t imagine being stranded in it or walking down the 896 steps with her.
You can learn more about the monument by visiting the National Park Service website. You can also read about the many myths and legends surrounding it by visiting WeLoveDC. And if you’re in Washington visiting the monuments, be sure to stop by and see the official memorial to President James Madison–and visit us!