Ever look up and wonder: what the bell? We do every day! We're here to bring you fascinating facts and curious clues to the world of campanology in the nation's capital, with musings on the bells, buildings, and people that make this city ring.

The New "Bell" Époque

The Belle Époque or La Belle Époque (for our French friends who named this "Beautiful Era") marked the period between the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Bookended as it was between two wars, this was a time made remarkable by optimism, peace, progress, and cultural innovations. Art flourished. People prospered. Society advanced.

The Meaning Behind the Motto: Civitas Resonet

We started the National Bell Festival to bring people together, so to help spread the word and tell our story, we wanted to adopt a rally cry – something bold, something brilliant, something to put into just a few words all we envisioned for the organization. A tall order, no? If anyone had mastered this skill, it was the ancient Greeks and Romans. These were the people of molon labe and carpe diem. Big shoes to fill.