Lecture: "The Knickerbocker Mystery at Congressional Cemetery"

Event Date & Time: 
Jun 3 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Now that the snow is safely behind us, join us for a lecture about the Knickerbocker snowstorm disaster with author Kevin Ambrose. The lecture will take place at 7 pm in our historic 1903 Chapel, with a short wine and cheese reception to follow. Suggested donation of $5 cash at the door. Requested RSVP to lmaloy@congressionalcemetery.org.

"The Knickerbocker Mystery at Congressional Cemetery"


A mystery surrounding the grave of a 17 year-old boy in Congressional Cemetery, killed in the Knickerbocker Theatre disaster, prompted a long and fascinating research effort to find the boy’s family and uncover the story of what happened to the boy and his family after the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapsed under the weight of a record-breaking snowstorm.  The disaster happened on January 28, 1922 but the gravestone of the boy was new. The boy’s father, who died in 1923, was buried next to his son with a new and matching gravestone.  Who was the family that was caring after the grave plots so many years after the disaster and why did they give the boy and his father new gravestones? What happened to the boy on that snowy night in 1922 and what caused the father to die one year after he buried his son. The information and photos produced by the family, 90 years after the tragedy, were amazing.  This is the story of that Knickerbocker victim, David H. Lyman, Jr., and his family.

Kevin Ambrose is the author of “The Knickerbocker Snowstorm,” “Washington Weather,” “Blizzards and Snowstorms of Washington, D.C.,” and “Great Blizzards of New York City.” Ambrose is a freelance writer and photographer for the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang and currently works as an account executive for Adobe.
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