Voice of America: Laser Camera Helps Preserve Historical Buildings

“Restoring a historic building to its original shape usually starts with taking detailed measurements of all of its elements – doors, windows, stairs, chimneys – so they can be taken apart, repaired or replaced with their exact replicas.  But exact measurements that used to take months can now be done in a few days, thanks to the advanced technology of laser cameras.

An experimental project is being conducted at a historic location on a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. The beautiful cottage built around 1842 in the Gothic Revival style was used as a summer retreat by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.”


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Washington Post: 3-D imaging is preserving every bit — and byte — of history

An academic team is making a 3D scan of Abraham Lincoln's cottage at the old soldiers home, in Washington, DC.“Scholars have worked for years to bring the life of Abraham Lincoln into sharper resolution. Michael Rogers thinks he can get it within five millimeters.

The professor of physics and astronomy at Ithaca College is spending a week measuring every bit — and byte — of Lincoln’s summer cottage in Northwest Washington with a 3-D laser scanner. When he and his team of two undergraduates are done, the place where Lincoln sweated out three D.C. summers and penned the Emancipation Proclamation will take on a virtual new life.”

Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com. Photo by Bill O’Leary for the Washington Post.

DCist: Lincoln’s Cottage Gets Digitally Scanned Into The 21st Century

dcist-01.2015“On the second floor of President Lincoln’s Cottage, next to a replica of the desk where Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, a $95,000 laser contraption sits on a tall yellow tripod… Over the next several days, [a research team led by Dr. Michael Rogers from] Ithaca College plans to scan Lincoln’s cottage—the historic landmark in Petworth, where the Great Emancipator summered during his presidency”

Read full article on DCist.com. Photo by Andrew Lapin for DCist.

Green Builder: Preservation

Green Builder Media asks, “[h]ow do you preserve a green yet historic place?”


The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center for Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C., offers visitors a “Self-Guided Eco-Tour” to show how the National Trust for Historic Preservation spearheaded efforts to bring an early nineteenth-century building into the 21st century.

The Knot: Bridal Shower

Knot-StrawberryShortcakeBridalShowerThe Knot featured President Lincoln’s Cottage in A Strawberry Shortcake Inspired Bridal Shower Shoot. “This styled photoshoot by Sarah Gormley Photography takes sweet treat details (like buttercream frosting, pink lemonade and edible painted strawberries) and makes delicious bridal shower inspiration. Use individual strawberries to make calligraphed place cards and set out tons of sweet fruit for guests to eat while you shower the bride with gifts for her upcoming wedding.” -Rachel Torgerson, The Knot.

View the full photo set. Photos by Sarah Gormley, Sarah Gormley Photography.

Continuing Lincoln’s Fight for Freedom: Preservation Leadership Forum

Associate Director for Programs Callie Hawkins wrote this article on the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Originally published on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog.

In February 2012, President Lincoln’s Cottage launched an exhibit on modern slavery called Can You Walk Away? Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery in the United States. Given our history and the work President Lincoln did here developing his ideas around the Emancipation Proclamation, we realized that we have a responsibility to see how far our country has come in the fight for freedom. As a result of this exhibit, PLC began working with a group of four high school juniors who started Students Opposing Slavery (SOS), a grassroots, student-led organization to raise awareness against human trafficking and modern slavery. President Lincoln’s Cottage (PLC) worked with these students in several different capacities and when the founders looked ahead to what would become of SOS when they graduated, they approached PLC about becoming the home base for SOS activity. With them, PLC came up with a plan to host an annual week-long international summit for high school students and developed a strategy for continued engagement with participants throughout the school year. Now two years later, PLC has held two successful SOS International Summits, which engage students from around the globe in the modern fight to end slavery at a place central to our nation’s historical fight against it.

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The SOS Summit was developed with three major goals in mind. PLC wanted to: 1) convene a group of high school students from around the world to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery; 2) develop big ideas around ending modern slavery and provide participants the tools they need to continue Lincoln’s fight for freedom in their own communities; and 3) create a global network of young abolitionists. Each Summit has brought its own set of challenges and “a-ha” moments, some of which are shared below. Read the full article.

Washington Post: What To Do In Petworth

“Petworth has become a flourishing hot spot for 20-something creatives, single professionals and young families. Despite the neighborhood’s latest transformation, the rich sense of community remains palpable…”


“History buffs and Lincoln enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the home where the former president spent a quarter of his term and drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s a 15-minute stroll from the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station. And be sure to swing by the visitor’s center to see a pair of Honest Abe’s slippers.”

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Washington Post: Freedom 5K XC

“President Abraham Lincoln spent three of his presidential summers at what is now known as President Lincoln’s Cottage  on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington. The picturesque 250-acre grounds, which are rarely open to the public, will be used by runners participating in a 5K cross-country run on Sept. 27, beginning at 8 a.m., to benefit the cottage, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For runners and walkers who register Freedom5K@savingplace.org by Wednesday, Aug. 27, the fee is $30. Thereafter, it will be $40 through race day. Olympic marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will participate in the race and pose for photographs with participants at the end.”


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