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Congressional Cemetery has never attracted what you might call the
A-List of D.C.’s dc’d. One U.S. vice president is buried there, and march groupies will know that John Philip Sousa is there. Of course, Washington history buffs might be most interested in the assassination collection. In 1882, Charles Guiteau was hanged for the murder of James Garfield. The president’s body was shipped home to Ohio; Guiteau’s body, with its giant spleen, was sent to the National Museum of Health and Medicine for study into the anatomical origins of criminality. But Congressional Cemetery scored peripheral players in the dramatwo of the jurors who sent Guiteau to the gallows are buried among the 19th-century congressmen. The cemetery is about to undergo restoration in preparation for its 200th anniversary, in 2007. Linda Donavan Harper, chair of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery, will discuss the restoration plans at 6:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12. For reservations call (202) 272-2448. (Janet Hopf)