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Lincoln’s Cottage Hosting Book Discussion on Lincoln’s Sexuality This Thursday

November 8, 2016

PRESS RELEASE FROM LINCOLN’S COTTAGE

your-friend-foreverOn Thursday November 10th President Lincoln’s Cottage (on the corner of Upshur and Rock Creek Church in Petworth) will be hosting a book discussion on Lincoln’s sexuality. Join us as author Charles Strozier and consulting public LGBT historian Susan Ferentinos discuss Strozier’s book, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed.

Strozier and Ferentinos will discuss Lincoln’s lifelong friendship with Speed, and deeper examine how male intimacy has been treated in our country during the Civil War, and over time.
President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Cottage Conversations offer relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture, and concludes with a book signing.

For more information, or to reserve tickets:
http://www.lincolncottage.org/cottage-conversation-your-friend-forever/

Lincoln’s Last Ride — 150th Anniversary Commemoration at the Lincoln’s Cottage

May 7, 2015

On April 13, 2015, as part of the ceremonies celebrating the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s death a horse procession commemorating “Lincoln’s Last Ride” began on 15th Street near the White House and concluded at Lincoln’s Cottage. A riderless horse represented the fallen president. President Lincoln last visited his Washington, D.C., cottage retreat on April 13, 1865, the day before his assassination.

As the procession and following ceremony occurred in the middle of the day, I’m providing the link below for those who may have missed it.

Lincoln's last ride

Save the Date: Friends of Soldiers Home Hosting Fall Fest on October 5th

September 5, 2014

I’ve just learned that the Friends of the Soldiers Home has scheduled a Fall Fun Fest for October 5th. See the flyer below, and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Fall Fest

D.C. Emancipation Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage and Petworth Citizen

April 10, 2014

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From a press release (event link here):

D.C. Emancipation Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage and Petworth Citizen

Commemorate the 152nd anniversary of emancipation in the District on April 16th by dining out at Petworth Citizen, in support of President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation.”

 

Washington, D.C. – On April 16, 2014, 152 years after President Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia, President Lincoln’s Cottage and Petworth Citizen are partnering to honor Lincoln’s legacy here in Washington, D.C. From 4 pm until 1 am on Wednesday April 16, 2014, diners can visit Petworth Citizen, located at 829 Upshur Street NW Washington D.C. 20011, in honor of D.C. Emancipation Day. The restaurant will donate a portion of sales on that day to President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation.” “Lincoln lived and worked just up the road from the site of our restaurant, and we are thrilled to join with President Lincoln’s Cottage in celebrating this important holiday,” says Paul Ruppert, owner of Petworth Citizen.

President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Lincoln family’s seasonal home in Washington, D.C., is where Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation during the summer of 1862. Earlier that year, over 3,000 enslaved people in D.C. were freed when Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862. Today, April 16th is a city holiday known as D.C. Emancipation Day. Visitors who tour President Lincoln’s Cottage on April 16, 2014 will receive a free souvenir scroll of the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act. “Shortly after signing the Compensated Emancipation Act, President Lincoln moved to the Cottage, where he developed his transformative emancipation policy for the nation,” says Erin Carlson Mast, Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage. “We are delighted to celebrate the 152nd anniversary of emancipation in D.C. with our generous community partner, Petworth Citizen, and we welcome visitors to tour the Cottage on D.C. Emancipation Day to learn more about Lincoln’s path to the Emancipation Proclamation.” Tours of President Lincoln’s Cottage are offered on the hour between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, and advanced reservations are recommended: www.lincolncottage.org/tickets.

President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. While living here for more than a quarter of his presidency, Abraham Lincoln bonded with soldiers and veterans, made crucial decisions about the Civil War, and, most notably, developed the Emancipation Proclamation his first summer in residence. His daily commute put him in regular contact with wounded soldiers and self-emancipated men, women, and children. Today, the site offers an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life, and new perspectives on the influential ideas Lincoln developed while living here.

The entrance is President Lincoln’s Cottage is at the intersection of Upshur St NW and Rock Creek Church Rd NW (approximate GPS address: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW). The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center is open 9:30am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday and 10:30am-4:30pm Sunday. Tours of President Lincoln’s Cottage are given daily on the hour, and all tours begin in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. For more information on President Lincoln’s Cottage, visit: www.lincolncottage.org or call 202-829-0436.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded non-profit organization, works to save America’s historic places. President Lincoln’s Cottage is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit: www.preservationnation.org.

Petworth Citizen, located at 829 Upshur Street NW Washington DC 20011, is a neighborhood bar with great bar food and a literary focus. On April 16, 2014, Petworth Citizen will be open from 4:00 pm until 1:00 am. Dinner is served until 11:00 pm; a late night happy hour menu featuring small plates and drinks is available between 11:00 pm and 1:00 am.

Abraham Lincoln’s Briefcase Returns to Washington, D.C.

January 17, 2014

With the three day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday this weekend, visiting Lincoln’s Cottage and seeing their latest exhibit might be of interest to many in the neighborhood. Below is a full press release describing the return of Lincon’s Briefcase to the neighborhood.

Full release:

16th President’s original briefcase on view at President Lincoln’s Cottage, now through June 2014.

Washington, D.C. – The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes during the Civil War returns to Washington, DC, for a six month exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home. While living at the Cottage with his family during the summers of 1862, 1863, and 1864, President Lincoln carried papers in the briefcase on his daily commute to the White House. A photo album made for Tad Lincoln by the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, a company stationed at the Cottage during the Civil War to guard the Lincoln family, will also be on view in the exhibit. The briefcase and photo album are on loan from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL, and will be on display at President Lincoln’s Cottage through the end of June 2014.

“While Lincoln was living here, he developed the Emancipation Proclamation and produced significant wartime policy and correspondence.  It’s documented that he used this briefcase to bring his work back and forth on his daily commute from the Cottage to the White House,” remarks Erin Carlson Mast, Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage. “This is the first time the briefcase has returned to the Cottage since Lincoln himself brought it here during the Civil War.”

The briefcase served as a repository for some of President Lincoln’s greatest work. Members of President Lincoln’s military guard regularly observed him carrying around a portfolio “containing papers relating to the business of the day” when returning home to the Cottage, where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. Robert Lincoln later gave the briefcase to Estella Heyser, his housekeeper, as a gift in appreciation for her service. The Heyser family privately held the briefcase until 2004, when Tom Heyser generously donated the artifact to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Tad Lincoln’s photo album was a gift from the young men serving in Lincoln’s Presidential guard, who bestowed upon the boy the unofficial title of “Third Lieutenant.” Tad, who lived with his mother and father at the Soldiers’ Home, frequently took his meals with the soldiers, observed their drills, and passed much of his time in their camp. Private Albert Nelson See, a soldier in the company, reflected in his diary that Tad “seemed as much at home with us as though he was one of us, and we could not have thought more of him if he had been a brother.” Many years later when A. N. See wrote to Robert Lincoln requesting the album, Robert declined, noting that the album was his favorite of Tad’s possessions because it “showed the esteem the men who knew him best placed on him.” The album, which contains photographs taken at Mathew Brady’s studio of each of the one hundred members of the company, is adorned with an engraved escutcheon bearing the following: “Presented to Tad Lincoln by Co. K, 150th PA. V.”

Photo: Courtesy President Lincoln’s Cottage, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation © 2014.

Photo: Courtesy President Lincoln’s Cottage, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation © 2014.

The briefcase and photo album are the second display in “originALs,” a series of exhibitions at President Lincoln’s Cottage highlighting original objects connected to President Abraham Lincoln that speak to the importance and complexity of the Lincoln story and relate directly to Lincoln’s time here at the Soldiers’ Home.

President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC. While living here for more than a quarter of his presidency, Abraham Lincoln bonded with soldiers and veterans, made crucial decisions about the Civil War, and, most notably, developed the Emancipation Proclamation his first summer in residence. His daily commute put him in regular contact with wounded soldiers and self-emancipated men, women, and children. Today, the site offers an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life, and new perspectives on the influential ideas Lincoln developed while living here. Hours of operation: The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center is open 9:30am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday and 10:30am-4:30pm Sunday. Cottage tours are on the hour, 7 days a week. For more information on President Lincoln’s Cottage, visit: www.lincolncottage.org or call 202-829-0436.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded non-profit organization, works to save America’s historic places. President Lincoln’s Cottage is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit: www.preservationnation.org.

Second Annual Lincoln’s Cottage Family Day Saturday, September 21st

September 16, 2013

President Lincoln’s Cottage is hosting their second annual Family Day this coming Saturday, September 21st. The event will be from 10 am until 3 pm.  All activities are free unless otherwise noted in their press release  (which I’ve posted below). For more information, visit www.lincolncottage.org/familyday2013.

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Tour the Historic Buildings and Grounds of the Soldiers’ Home!

August 21, 2013

Mark your calendars if you’ve ever wanted to take a tour of the Soldiers’ Home that includes going inside some of the historic buildings! In order to participate in this FREE event, simply show up at the Visitor Education Center. Tours of the ‘historic loop’ begin every half hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tours should last approx. 1 hour with the last tour beginning at 2 p.m.

The announcement from the email blast and Lincoln’s Cottage Website is below:

Soldiers Home tour


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