Washington Post Express: Choose Your Own Adventure

“Next week, America will commemorate the assassination and death of one of the country’s greatest presidents. A man who, after winning a second term and a bloody war, was shot down in his political prime: William McKinley. Just kidding! We’re talking about Abraham Lincoln, who died 36 years before McKinley, has been given a prime seat on the National Mall and, according to at least one historical film, hunted vampires. D.C. will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s April 14, 1865, shooting and April 15 death with a flurry of commemorative events and re-enactments. How will you remember his death?


1. Salute Lincoln on his last commute

To escape the distractions of the White House and the heat, Lincoln spent many nights on a bucolic hillside a few miles up the road. To commemorate his last commute home, a retinue of men on horseback will accompany one riderless horse from the White House to President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home. View the riders anywhere along the route. Mon., noon-3:30 p.m.

2. Enjoy a quiet evening at home

On display at President Lincoln’s Cottage is a wine goblet from which the president drank on his last night at home. While you’re there, visit a special exhibit on Lincoln’s security detail — or lack thereof, “Not an American Practice: Lincoln’s Life at Risk.” It explores the growing concern over the president’s safety, which he generally ignored — even after a would-be assassin shot a bullet through his hat one night while he was riding home alone. 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW; Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $5-$15.”

By Sadie Dingfelder, originally published for The Washington Post Express. Read the full article online: http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/04/09/choose-your-own-adventure-retrace-the-steps-of-lincoln-his-assassin-or-the-worst-bodyguard-ever/?postshare=6401428579799028.

ABC News: Events and Exhibits Mark 150 Years Since Lincoln’s Assassination

“April 15th marks 150 years since the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Historic sites, museums and communities around the country are hosting exhibits, performances and events to mark the anniversary. Here are details on a few.

AP-carriageVisitors to Washington have their pick of historic sites and museums connected to Lincoln… President Lincoln’s Cottage, on a breezy hill where he and his family escaped Washington’s summer heat 3 miles from the White House, will be draped in black April 18-30, just as it was 150 years ago. The president visited the cottage the day before the shooting, and the site, which offers regular tours, is also hosting two exhibits connected to the anniversary, one on presidential security and one on memorial objects.” -Beth Harpaz, AP

Read the full article: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/events-exhibits-mark-150-years-lincoln-assassination-30034111?singlePage=true

Image: In this March 17, 2015 file photo, President Abraham Lincoln’s carriage is displayed at the National Museum of American History in Washington. Photo Credit: AP

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.

Fox 5 and other local, national, and international news outlets are reporting this breaking news story.


“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.