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The Congressional Cemetery: A Stop on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

Washington, D.C., and its surrounding areas are known for countless historical monuments and markers. Today’s post highlights some less well-known memorials, focusing on individuals buried at the Congressional Cemetery who have been recognized by the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Created by an act of Congress in 1998, the Network to Freedom program unites […]

Congressional Cemetery Series: Celebrating Pride Month

This is a guest post by Ann Hemmens, a senior legal reference librarian with the Law Library of Congress. Ann has contributed a number of posts to this blog, including posts on Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online, U.S. Supreme Court: Original Jurisdiction and Oral Arguments, and Domestic Violence: Resources in the United States.  The Congressional […]

Pic of the Week – A Look inside the Public Vault at the Congressional Cemetery

A shared fascination with Washington D.C.’s history draws people from across the world to visit the United States Capitol, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court and the District’s many museums. One site that visitors frequently overlook is the final resting place of many of the authors of Washington’s early history, the […]

“Would You Be Interested in Getting (Attorney General) William Wirt’s Head Back?” Rebecca Roberts Brings Us a Tale From the Congressional Cemetery

This is a guest post by Rebecca Boggs Roberts. Rebecca is a program coordinator at Smithsonian Associates, writer, and the former program director for the Historic Congressional Cemetery. In 2003, an unidentified man called the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and asked the cemetery manager, “Would you be interested in getting William Wirt’s head back?” The answer, of course, […]

Which Signatory of the Declaration of Independence is Buried in Washington, DC?

There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, but only one signer is buried in the Congressional Cemetery. In fact, he’s the only signer buried in the District of Columbia. In honor of Independence Day, we’re highlighting the final resting place of Elbridge Gerry. Gerry was born in Massachusetts in 1744. He attended Harvard […]

The Home of George Watterston, the Third Librarian of Congress – Pic of the Week

I have walked by this building many times, but did not realize until recently that it has a special connection to the Library of Congress. This was the home of the third Librarian of Congress, George Watterston. Watterston presided over the Library during a significant period in its history. Appointed by President Madison in 1815 […]