Monthly Archives: April 2011

Stamptuary Hall: George Washington


George Washington, along with Benjamin Franklin, was featured on the first American postage stamps in 1847. Today, he has been on more US stamps than anyone else. At the Capitol, Washington’s statue comes from Virginia and sits in the Rotunda, … Continue reading

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Museums, in Peeps Form


Happy Easter! In honor of Easter, here are some Peeps dioramas in which the little marshmallow bunnies visit museums, monuments, and other historic and cultural sites. They hail from the Washington Post’s Peeps diorama contests over the years. Be aware … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Philo T. Farnsworth


Farnsworth, from Utah, is known as the Father of Television. Appropriately, his statue sits outside one of the movie theaters in the Capitol Visitor Center. In addition to his statue, Farnsworth was honored on a stamp in the American Inventors … Continue reading

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Why the dearth?


At work today (well, yesterday), one of my colleagues informed me that my picture was in the Washington Post in an article about statues of women in the Capitol. I am tiny, but I am indeed there: at the bottom, … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: John C. Calhoun


Ah, Calhoun. Not one of my heroes. The stamp that honors him is not a United States postage stamp, but a Confederate stamp. Born exactly 200 years (and a couple months) after he was, I find his views scary. His … Continue reading

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Article about CVC Guides and Visitor Assistants


My friends have been asking to see what I wear at work. Here you go: while the smiling lady on the cover is my colleague Renee, not me, you can imagine my face there, because I wear the exact same … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Sakakawea


She’s Sakakawea in Statuary Hall, and Sacagawea on a stamp. She’s also one of the Heroes on Stamps explored by young people in an after-school program in Maryland in 2009. (My internship in 2010 at the National Postal Museum consisted … Continue reading

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