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From the Director
Seat of War
Modern Slavery Exhibit
2012 Ornament
School Programs
Lincoln’s Other Proclamation
Upcoming Programs
Cottage Conversations

January 19
Adam Goodheart
February 23
Louis CdeBaca
March 15
Stephanie McCurry

April 2012
Speaker TBA

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From the Director

Erin Carlson MastDear Friends,
Abraham Lincoln’s momentous leadership during the tumultuous Civil War and his tragic death elevated him to incredible heights in our national memory. At President Lincoln’s Cottage, the beloved home where he lived during much of the Civil War, visitors get to know the whole man, his private expressions of grief and frustration, his trial and error, his formative ideas on emancipation, and his greatest impact.


NEW Exhibit: Seat of War
print exhibitThe Civil War had arguably the greatest impact on Washington, D.C. of any single event in American history. Almost overnight, the seat of our nation’s government was transformed from a sleepy, southern town to the hub of the northern war effort, and was often referred to as the Seat of War. Join us as we illuminate President Lincoln’s Civil War Washington through historic prints from our collection. This exhibit will be on view from December 7, 2011 – January 15, 2012.


2012 Modern Slavery Exhibit
2012 Exhibit 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. Opens February 2012.


2012 Ornament Now Available
2012 Ornament This ornament, commemorating Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, is available online and in our Museum Store at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Supplies limited – order today!


School Programs at the Cottagebrochure

President Lincoln’s Cottage welcomed 3,500 students during the last school year! We hope to see even more in the 2011-2012 academic year.

To schedule your class’ field trip to the Cottage or to request a 2011-2012 School Programs Brochure (shown left), email lincoln_ed


Lincoln’s Other Proclamation
thanksgiving It was cold, wet, and rainy in Washington, and the President was ill. A week earlier, Abraham Lincoln had given the Gettysburg Address, sitting outside in the cold as he listened to Edward Everett orate, before giving his short speech. Now, in the last week of November 1863, Lincoln was “quite unwell,” suffering from a mild form of smallpox called varioloid……The timing of the President’s illness was unfortunate. That Thursday, the fourth Thursday in the month of November, marked the day that Lincoln had set aside for the first official national Thanksgiving Day.
President Lincoln’s Cottage | Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road, NW | Washington | DC | 20011