Teenagers Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking with #WhatIWouldMiss Campaign

Groundbreaking public-private partnership with President Lincoln’s Cottage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education inspires teenagers – one of the most vulnerable demographics to fall victim to human traffickers – to raise awareness of modern slavery through a digital campaign.

socialimage_fnlJanuary 28, 2015. January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and this year, young people are invited to shed light on this humanitarian crisis within a high-risk population – their peers. #WhatIWouldMiss, a campaign sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education, encourages teenagers to think about aspects of their daily lives that they would miss if they were a victim of human trafficking and participate by sharing a post on social media using the contest hashtag (#WhatIWouldMiss). All posts will be judged by a jury of representatives from anti-trafficking organizations. One teenager will win a spot at President Lincoln’s Cottage’s third annual Students Opposing Slavery (SOS) International Summit in Washington, D.C., and five additional teenagers will receive awards of recognition. More information is available at www.StudentsOpposingSlavery.org/WhatIWouldMiss.

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3D Scanning of the Cottage

A team from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Ithaca College will conduct a 3D laser scan of President Lincoln’s Cottage, 150 years after he last set foot inside the home. The resulting images will provide a complete 3D rendering that will document existing conditions and support future preservation projects.

January 7, 2015. Now through January 14, Dr. Michael Rogers and Dr. Scott Stull are leading a 3D laser scanning team of undergraduate researchers from Ithaca College to survey the interior and exterior of President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Lincoln family’s beloved seasonal home and the only designated National Monument in Washington, D.C. Using a Leica C-10 3D laser scanner that takes 50,000 readings per second, the 3D high resolution scanning will record all aspects of the building. Images collected from the scanning will support preservation research, potentially impacting historical interpretation and public outreach at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Members of the press are invited to two special sessions to observe and record the 3D laser scanning in action.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson Runs Inaugural Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage

District resident Sebi Devlin-Foltz beats nearly 230 runners with a remarkable 16:42 race time.

2014 9 27 President Lincoln's Cottage 5KSeptember 27, 2014. Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson presented District resident Sebi Devlin-Foltz the top prize at the inaugural Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage on Saturday September 27th. Samuelson, the first woman to win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the Los Angeles games in 1984, was the honorary host of the Freedom 5K XC event, which traversed the historic 250-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in Northwest Washington, DC. Nearly 230 runners from the across the DC metropolitan area competed in this inaugural event, which curved past historic buildings, around ponds and meadows, and through a wooded road before a final uphill climb to the lawn of President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Freedom 5K XC supports preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives including the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.

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Pictured: Mr. Charles Felder, Mr. Sebi Devlin-Foltz, and Ms. Joan Benoit Samuleson at the Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage on Saturday September 27, 2014. Photo: ©Max Krupka Washington Executive Photographic Services, courtesy President Lincoln’s Cottage.

Run in Lincoln’s Footsteps with Joan Benoit Samuelson at the First Annual Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage

On September 27th, runners will tread the same grounds that Lincoln did with Olympic Marathon Champion Joan Benoit Samuelson at the historic Soldiers’ Home in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Joanie 2August 8, 2014. On September 27th, runners will become a part of history when they join Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson at the first annual Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage! After winning the Boston Marathon twice, Ms. Benoit Samuelson went on to become the first woman to ever win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on the 250 acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, where President Lincoln and his family resided during his presidency. All proceeds and donations support preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives such as the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.

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Lincoln’s Slippers at President Lincoln’s Cottage

16th President’s original slippers on view at President Lincoln’s Cottage through December 2014.

Slippers-smallJuly 1, 2014. While Abraham Lincoln’s public image was defined by his signature stovepipe hat, his private, more casual nature is highlighted in the newest exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. Meetings at the Cottage were often impromptu and informal, and Lincoln was known to greet guests while wearing carpet slippers. An original pair of Lincoln’s own slippers is on public display at President Lincoln’s Cottage from July 1, 2014 through December 2014; the slippers are on loan from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, OH.

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Teenagers Fight Human Trafficking at Students Opposing Slavery Summit

High school students from eight countries will convene at President Lincoln’s Cottage June 23-27 for the second annual Students Opposing Slavery International Summit.

June 18, 2014. Thirty teenagers from five states and eight countries will unite at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the “Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” for the second annual Students Opposing Slavery (SOS) International Summit. SOS, a youth engagement program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, is a student-led initiative dedicated to continuing Lincoln’s fight for freedom by raising awareness about human trafficking within a high-risk population – teenagers. At the Summit, this new generation of abolitionists will gain the resources and training to take action against modern slavery. The Summit is from June 23-27 at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. More information is available at www.studentsopposingslavery.org/summit.

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President Lincoln’s Cottage Wins Gold Muse Award for Tour Technology

The American Alliance of Museums awards President Lincoln’s Cottage top prize for Cottage tour app.

June 10, 2014. President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. won the top prize from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) for best new digital application in 2014. AAM’s Media and Technology Muse Awards recognizes the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums whose use of digital media exceptionally enhances visitor experiences. The app was developed exclusively for President Lincoln’s Cottage by Blair Dubilier & Associates.

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Media Advisory: Youth Citizenship Ceremony

Youth Citizenship Ceremony at President Lincoln’s Cottage

WHEN: Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. RSVP requested by 10 am on April 22, 2014. Contact: HMalson@savingplaces.org / 202-829-0436 x31228.

WHERE: President Lincoln’s Cottage. Entrance located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd NW and Upshur St NW (GPS: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011). Ceremony will take place outside on the South Lawn of President Lincoln’s Cottage. In the case of inclement weather, ceremony will occur inside the Emancipation Room in President Lincoln’s Cottage.

WHAT: Twenty-two children from seventeen countries* whose families recently became U.S. citizens will be honored in a citizenship ceremony at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the seasonal residence of the Lincoln family during the Civil War and the site where President Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation. This program is presented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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D.C. Emancipation Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage and Petworth Citizen

Commemorate the 152nd anniversary of emancipation in the District on April 16th by dining out at Petworth Citizen, in support of President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation.”

April 9, 2014. On April 16, 2014, 152 years after President Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia, President Lincoln’s Cottage and Petworth Citizen are partnering to honor Lincoln’s legacy here in Washington, D.C. From 4 pm until 1 am on Wednesday April 16, 2014, diners can visit Petworth Citizen, located at 829 Upshur Street NW Washington D.C. 20011, in honor of D.C. Emancipation Day. The restaurant will donate a portion of sales on that day to President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation.” “Lincoln lived and worked just up the road from the site of our restaurant, and we are thrilled to join with President Lincoln’s Cottage in celebrating this important holiday,” says Paul Ruppert, owner of Petworth Citizen.

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The Grateful American™ Series Visits President Lincoln’s Cottage

The Grateful American Series interviews Erin Carlson Mast, Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage.

April 1, 2014. For American history buffs, there’s nothing quite like visiting the home of a former president. And when that president is one of the nation’s most revered and beloved, as is Abraham Lincoln, it’s especially meaningful to meander through his summer home in Washington, DC.

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