DC Improv: Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln

grateful-american-lincolnWhen Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago, he was watching a comedy. Did Lincoln die laughing? How funny was the president? Was he ever able to relax? All this and more in the Lincoln Death 150th Spectacular!

Guests: Erin Mast (5:00) is the Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, one of Abe’s favorite locations for getting away from it all. We met her there to talk about the president’s state of mind and find out about “Lincoln’s Last Ride” on April 13. Listen now: http://dcimprov.libsyn.com/episode-11-other-than-that-mrs-lincoln.

MSN Travel: 5 Underrated Sights Around the World You Should Visit (Instead of the Ones You Think You Should)

This article was originally published on MSN Travel.

“About six million tourists visit the Lincoln Memorial annually, making it the most visited spot in Washington, D.C. Sitting across the mall from the Washington Monument and housed in a Greek Doric-style temple, it is certainly a beautiful thing to behold. The national monument was dedicated in 1922 and has been the site of numerous important speeches, the most famous being Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream.” But equally important to understanding Lincoln is a visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage. Also a national monument, this Gothic revival-style home is where Lincoln and his family spent summers, and where he drafted the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation. The museum features numerous exhibits, including displays of personal and historic items once owned by the president.” – Jane Reynolds.

Katherine Frey WaPo via Getty ImagesRead the full article online: http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/article/5-underrated-sights-around-the-world-you-should-visit-instead-of-the-ones-you-think-you-should/ar-AA9WlAX#page=5.

Image: © Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Red Tricycle: An Insider’s Guide to Petworth’s Kid-Friendly Hotspots

“With its proximity to Rock Creek Park, rich history, and revitalized business district, Petworth has something for everyone from preschoolers to the POTUS himself. Here’s a list of our favorite places to eat, play, dance, and explore with kiddos in this growing nabe.” – Sarah Vogel


“Step Back in Time at President Lincoln’s Cottage

When Honest Abe needed a break, he headed to his Gothic Revival cottage located in what is now Petworth. Today, President Lincoln’s Cottage is a haven for history buffs young and old. This national monument offers hands-on, multimedia activities that bring our 16th president’s experiences as a politician, policymaker, and family man to life. When planning your visit, don’t forget your picnic basket–the Cottage’s large lawn offers the perfect spot for an outdoor nosh fest. And if you are going with a Girl Scout, call ahead to learn how she can earn a badge on your visit!”

Read about kid-friendly restaurants, book stores, jazz evenings, and more in the full article: http://redtri.com/dc/petworth-an-insiders-guide-to-the-kid-friendly-hotspots/

USA Today: Prince Charles Meets Obama, Tours Lincoln’s Cottage

AP-RoyalVisitTheir Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited President Lincoln’s Cottage during their 2015 trip to the United States. Numerous news outlets, including USA Today, NPR, New Delhi TV, Fox 5 News, E! Online, The Washington Post, WJLA, People Magazine, the Associated Press, VAntage Point, Current Newspapers, PoPville, and others, covered their visit.

Photo: Associated Press, Saul Loeb.

Washingtonian: #8 on The Great Washington D.C. Bucket List

“President Lincoln’s Cottage may be the single most fascinating look at a President’s life in Washington.”

Washingtonian-2015Washingtonian magazine compiled a list of the top 50 things every local should experience – and  #8 on the list was a visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage! Pick up your copy of the March 2015 issue on newsstands now, and discover the rest of their top picks for the Great Washington Bucket List.

Now available online: http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/getaways/the-great-washington-bucket-list/president-lincolns-cottage.php.

Fox 5: Prince Charles and Camilla to visit D.C.

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“British royalty will visit D.C. next month. Prince Charles and Camilla will come to the nation’s capital on March 17th, 18th and 19th. They will visit Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home which sit on the same grounds in northwest. Charles and Camilla will also visit Mount Vernon and the National Archives.”

Read full piece online: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/28157083/prince-charles-and-camilla-to-visit-dc.

Washington Post: A Last Tour at Lincoln’s Cottage

On a recent tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage, historical interpreter Curtis Harris announced it would be his last. He pointed out that the date, Jan. 31, marked the 150-year anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery.

“There were 56 congressmen who voted against it,” he noted wryly, “and they were all from the North.”

At the cottage, interpreters are encouraged to conduct tours as a conversation about ideas and to use primary resources to “find their own Lincoln.”

I was on Harris’s last tour as a visitor. Later, I asked him to tell me what it meant to him to lead tours of the cottage.”

Read the full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-last-tour-at-lincolns-cottage/2015/02/13/c12627ac-b215-11e4-854b-a38d13486ba1_story.html.

Pictured: Curtis Harris using the interactive tablet technology to display an image of Gordon, an enslaved man who escaped from his master and fought in the Union Army.

Mapquest Discover: Touring Lincoln’s D.C.

Mapquest-LincolnsDC“Using an award-winning app to combine audio recordings of Lincoln’s comments with period illustrations and photographs flashed on computer screens, the guides emphasize the history that happened in the house. Lincoln wrote much of the Emancipation Proclamation at the cottage and from its windows he watched soldiers’ burials (each week 30 plus were interred at the site’s cemetery). When you walk up the stairs, you are encouraged to run your hand along the same banister that Lincoln did. On the lawn outside, stand next to the life-sized statue of Lincoln and in the visitor center, peruse exhibits about Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War.”

Read the full article: http://www.mapquest.com/travel/articles/president-lincoln-washington-dc-tour-presidents-weekend-21140680.

Let’s Talk Live: President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Grateful American Foundation

Erin Carlson Mast, Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage, appeared on News Channel 8′s “Let’s Talk Live” with The Grateful American Foundation‘s David Bruce Smith! With a dynamic website full of interactive interviews, public program announcements, fascinating facts, and more, the Grateful American Foundation is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for children and adults. Check out the website to learn more: http://gratefulamericanfoundation.com/.