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Memorial Day Celebrations at President Lincoln’s Cottage

May 24, 2013
General Logan’s tomb at the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery on Harewood Road — just north of the old Soldiers’ Home

General Logan’s tomb at the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery on Harewood Road — just north of the old Soldiers’ Home

According to a press release from Lincoln’s Cottage and posted on the Friends of the Soldiers Home site, on Memorial Day there will be a “Rare opportunity for the public to enjoy free guided tours of USSAH National Cemetery and to picnic on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home.” As I wrote last year, the National Cemetery has a special connection to Memorial Day as it is the final resting place of General John A. Logan, who is most closely association with the holiday and given the most credit for making it a national holiday.

The abbreviated announcement is below:

May 14, 2013. President Lincoln’s Cottage will host an array of activities on Memorial Day, May 27th 2013, to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Family-friendly activities include guided tours of the first National Cemetery, commemorative ceremonies honoring veterans at multiple locations, picnicking opportunities on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, and tours of President Lincoln’s Cottage, the seasonal residence of the Lincoln family during the Civil War. President Lincoln’s Cottage is presenting these programs in partnership with the Armed Forces Retirement Home, the National Park Service, and the Illinois State Society. Registrations requested; visit to register and learn more information.

Download full press release here.

President Lincoln’s Cottage Opens Exhibit on Modern Slavery (Feb. 17, 2012-Aug. 31, 2013)

February 16, 2012

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Lincoln’s Cottage will open an exhibit on modern slavery tomorrow, February 17, titled “Can You Walk Away?”  According the Cottage’s Web site, this special exhibit will challenge perceptions of slavery in America today and raise awareness of a growing humanitarian crisis. By posing the question, “Can you walk away?” this exhibit will inspire people to engage with the modern abolitionist movement and to see that slavery is an ongoing issue that requires big thinking and direct action, just as it did in Lincoln’s time.

Full press release below.

Washington, D.C. – President Lincoln’s Cottage, in partnership with Polaris Project, will open Can You Walk Away? Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking in the United States President’s Day weekend in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. The exhibit is part of a year-long commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln developing the Emancipation Proclamation at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Can You Walk Away? bridges the perceived gap between slavery past and present, and highlights the challenges and perceptions of slavery in America today. Can You Walk Away? will be open for 18 months, from February 17, 2012 through August 31, 2013.
“The Cottage has an obligation to the public to explore the modern impact of Lincoln’s presidency and ideas, especially ideas developed right here at the Cottage.It’s outrageous that slavery is a growing problem in our country, especially when the ‘shackles’ of slavery were legally abolished nearly 150 years ago. Slavery is a problem in our world today that requires big thinking and direct action, just like it did in Lincoln’s time,” said Erin Carlson Mast, Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage.
Can You Walk Away? uses powerful imagery, video footage and compelling statistics to inspire people to consider Lincoln’s ideas about slavery, discover the harsh reality of slavery today, and take direct action to help eliminate this problem. Human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry and is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Some 12 million people are held against their will in compelled service across the globe. President Lincoln’s Cottage is the authentic resource for understanding Lincoln’s perspective on slavery and his development of the Emancipation Proclamation and this exhibit connects his bold and courageous ideas with the modern abolitionist movement.


Lincoln’s Shakespeare at Lincoln’s Cottage, June 3, 2010

May 28, 2010

I thought this looked interesting and wanted to give people enough of a heads up to plan for it if they have interest. According to the Lincoln’s Cottage Web site, this is listed as a free event on the south lawn of the cottage. In the event of rain it will be moved into the cottage. Click on the flier below for more details.


And Speaking of Trees, Here’s Something on the Lighter Side

December 11, 2009

AFRH Residents noticed the knot in this tree bears a resemblance to Lincoln's profile. © President Lincoln's Cottage.

A post on the President Lincoln’s Cottage Blog reports that a knot in a tree at the Soldiers’ Home appears to some as a profile likeness of President Lincoln.

The tree is located south of the Cottage in an area of the campus not accessible to Cottage visitors or the general public. Visit the Cottage Blog to read all of this and other items of interest related to our 16th President and the cottage he spent so much time in.

(My gratitude to the Lincoln’s Cottage Blog for permission  to reprint the image and selected text)

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