Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lessons Learned at the CVC


During my second-to-last week of work at the Capitol Visitor Center, I found myself delighting in the relatively low numbers: only 3,000 or 4,000 visitors per day, compared with 9,000 or 10,000 at our peak in the spring! The decrease … Continue reading

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What’s in a Museum Name?


During my first round of Weekly Museum Visits, one theme I kept revisiting – and question that kept needling me as I planned my visits – was What counts as a museum? This question will definitely resurface as I embark … Continue reading

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Remaining Stamptues


My temporary position at the Capitol Visitor Center has ended (I will write more about what I learned at the CVC, and what adventures will come next, in a later post). My projects of finding and photographing the 100 statues … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Daniel Webster


Art honoring Daniel Webster can be found in the Capitol beyond just his statue (from New Hampshire, located in Statuary Hall), and for good reason. He served as a Representative and a Senator, and he argued on behalf of Dartmouth … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Henry Clay


Henry Clay’s prominent career in Congress has been honored in many ways: stamps, including one whose First Day of Issue ceremony was held in the Old Senate Chamber where Clay argued for the preservation of the union in the buildup … Continue reading

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Women’s History in the Capitol


I have blogged before about the fact that so many of our statues of women honor virtues, not individuals. A few separate, random moments at work in recent weeks have inspired me to find every example I could of real … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Junipero Serra


Junipero Serra, one of California’s two statues in the National Statuary Hall collection, was an explorer and Catholic missionary who has been featured on stamps in both the United States and Vatican City. His statue at the Capitol can be … Continue reading

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Robert Langdon, Museum Educator?


Warning: Some Spoilers. For a few days this past week, I put real life on hold as I spent every free moment reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I had been curious to learn what story Brown would weave … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: John Hanson


John Hanson is from my own home state, Maryland. As first president of the Continental Congress during the time of the Articles of Confederation, Hanson established post offices, though stamps would not come about in the USA until 1847. In … Continue reading

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Women of the American Red Cross


Back in April, I blogged about an article in the Washington Post describing the lack of statues of women in the US Capitol and throughout the country. The article stated that “Allegorical or mythical female statues…abound in Washington,” and I … Continue reading

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