On December 7, 2016, my first blog post was published on "Carousel," Skyhorse Publishing's blog page. In June 2016 I traveled to Russia after being invited to attend a international conference "U.S. Presidents and Russian Rulers" at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. There, I presented an original paper “The Evolution of Presidential Birthplace Commemoration: From Washington to Obama." After the conference, the generous host brought all of us historians on a whirlwind tour of St. Petersburg.
When Skyhorse asked me to write a blog post in early November 2016, they requested I tie in the presidential election. Russia was still on my mind after my trip and it was also a recurring theme during the presidential debates. As I thought of what to write, my mind kept returning to one of the first experiences I had in Russia. After our driver brought us individually to our hotel we had a few hours before the entire group convened for an introductory dinner. While exhausted from the flight and time difference, I could not squander the time sleeping so I quickly made my way to the subway and rode to Red Square. I saw many sights including Lenin's Tomb. Staring at the embalmed Lenin, my mind drifted to the vast difference in how we our own presidential remains have been handled after death. But considering my research for "The President Is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond..." I also thought about some similarities. These musings led to my blog post for Skyhorse, "Lifting the Lid: Lenin’s Tomb and American Presidential Funeral Customs."
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