Fogle, Jeanne M. 1949-

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Fogle, Jeanne M. 1949-


Born June 7, 1949, in Washington, DC; daughter of George F. (an auditor) and Anna (a secretary) Fogle; married Thomas Lyons (a federal special agent), October 7, 1989. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Valparaiso University, B.S., 1971. Hobbies and other interests: Collecting books on historical Washington, DC.


Home—Arlington, VA. Office—Tour de Force, P.O. Box 2782, Washington, DC 20013. E-mail—[email protected]


Tour de Force (publishing company), Washington, DC, owner, 1984—. Smithsonian Institution, tour leader and lecturer, 1985—; Northern Virginia Community College, adjunct professor of history, 1990—.


Guild of Professional Tour Guides (founding member, 1985; education chair, 1985-86), Prost (Professional Women in Travel), Capital Speakers Club.


Two Hundred Years: Stories of the Nation's Capital, illustrated by Edward Fogle, Vandamere Press (Arlington, VA), 1991.

Proximity to Power: Neighbors to the Presidents on Lafayette Square, Tour de Force (Washington, DC), 1999.

Washington, DC: A Pictorial Celebration, photographs by Elan Penn, Sterling Publishing (New York, NY), 2004.


Jeanne M. Fogle is the owner of Tour de Force, a publisher "of note cards of historical Washington, DC, and Washington history books," Fogle once told CA. "I research and write about Washington, DC, history in order to make it vital—to make it come alive. For me, history is only stories of people who have caused events to happen.

"My family has lived in the nation's capital for more than 150 years. To research and write about the history of my home town is to write about the historical people and events that made this country what it is, and that changed the world.

"I enjoy being the observer and documenter of those influential people who have chosen to live and work in proximity to power."

Earlier Fogle told CA: "Two Hundred Years: Stories of the Nation's Capital is a look at the people, stories, and events that make up the first 200 years of the history of the nation's capital. I am a native Washingtonian whose family's roots here stretch back a century and a half. My great-grandfather worked for more than two decades as a fresco artist and mural painter in the Capitol building. In 1984 I founded a local tour company that specializes in unusual historical tours of Washington. Since 1985 I have also been a leader of special walking and bus tours for members of both the Resident and National Associate Programs of the Smithsonian Institution. These tours focus on neighborhoods, cemeteries, and sacred structures."