Monument

  Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet.

The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates in his book, Washington's Monument And the Fascinating History of the Obelisk.

A 95-year-old Vermont woman has been recognized for designing a monument 71 years ago for which she never got credit.

Marion Guild was recently honored by town officials in Middlebury for her work on a 1941 monument to Emma Hart Willard, who gave the earliest known collegiate instruction for women there.