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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Abraham Lincoln’s Briefcase Returns to Washington, DC

16th President’s original briefcase on view at President Lincoln’s Cottage, now through June 2014.

January 10, 2014. The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes during the Civil War returns to Washington, DC, for a six month exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home. While living at the Cottage with his family during the summers of 1862, 1863, and 1864, President Lincoln carried papers in the briefcase on his daily commute to the White House. A photo album made for Tad Lincoln by the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, a company stationed at the Cottage during the Civil War to guard the Lincoln family, will also be on view in the exhibit. The briefcase and photo album are on loan from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL, and will be on display at President Lincoln’s Cottage through the end of June 2014.

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DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with Dramatic Performance at Lincoln’s Washington Home

On November 19th 2013, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, visitors are invited to follow Kendrick’s lead and recite Lincoln’s most enduring words en masse from the steps of President Lincoln’s Cottage in NW Washington, DC.

November 5, 2013. Ten elegant sentences that have shaped our understanding of the nation’s most divisive event will come to life on November 19th at President Lincoln’s Cottage. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the public is invited to come together for mass recitations of Lincoln’s transformative speech from the steps of the veranda at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Lincoln family’s seasonal residence in Washington, DC. DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick (pictured) will open the ceremony with a dramatic solo performance of the Gettysburg Address at 10:30 am.

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Public Recitation Commemorating the Gettysburg Address

On November 19th 2013, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, visitors are invited to recite Lincoln’s most enduring words from the steps of President Lincoln’s Cottage in NW Washington, DC.

October 25, 2013. Ten elegant sentences that have shaped our understanding of the nation’s most divisive event will come to life on November 19th at President Lincoln’s Cottage. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the public is invited to come together for mass recitations of Lincoln’s transformative speech from the steps of the veranda of President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Lincoln family’s seasonal residence in Washington, DC.

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UNBOUND, the Walk to Stop Modern Slavery, Relocated from National Mall to President Lincoln’s Cottage Due to Shutdown

Contact: Hilary Malson
202-829-0436 x31228
hmalson@savingplaces.org

WHEN: Saturday October 5, 2013 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm (RSVP requested by October 4, 2013).

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).

WHAT: UNBOUND, a rallying point in Washington, DC to unite the movement to end modern slavery, is relocating from its original location at the Washington Monument to President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation, due to the federal government shutdown. Over 600 abolitionists will join forces for a rally and walk to raise awareness of and support for the anti-slavery movement in the United States and around the world. UNBOUND is presented by Stop Modern Slavery.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is a National Monument and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, non-profit organization. The National Trust for Historic Preservation stewards President Lincoln’s Cottage for the public benefit on behalf of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. President Lincoln’s Cottage is the only National Monument in the country that receives no federal operating support.  Because it is privately funded, President Lincoln’s Cottage is able to continue operations during the federal government shut down.  The Armed Forces Retirement Home is not affiliated with this event.

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President Lincoln’s Cottage is Open Despite Government Shutdown

The Lincoln family’s home in Washington remains open for tours, public events, and education programs, and federal government employees receive 50% off admission throughout the shutdown period.

October 1, 2013. President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only designated National Monument in Washington, DC and the only National Monument in the country that operates as a private non-profit without federal support, will remain open for tours throughout the government shutdown. For the duration of the government shutdown, employees of the federal government will receive 50% off adult admission with the presentation of a federal government ID. President Lincoln’s Cottage is open from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Saturday and 10:30 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday. Guided tours of the Cottage are offered on the hour, and visitors can enjoy the exhibit galleries and gift shop in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Group tours and school groups welcome. For more information, visitors can call 202-829-0436 x31231, email LincolnsCottage@savingplaces.org, or visit www.lincolncottage.org.

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Cottage Conversations Returns to President Lincoln’s Cottage

2013-2014 lecture series brings authors to the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation.

September 27, 2013. Civil War scholars and political historians return to President Lincoln’s Cottage for a sixth season of “Cottage Conversations,” the signature lecture series held at the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation. Featured authors in the 2013-2014 season of Cottage Conversations will discuss a range of topics, from Lincoln’s explorations in faith to the impact of the war here in Washington, DC. Enjoy a relaxing evening to socialize and deepen your understanding of the Civil War and President Lincoln in his Washington home.

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Groundbreaking Interactive Tour Experience at President Lincoln’s Cottage

Guides can curate tours to group interests in real time, with the aid of tablets and enhanced multimedia.

September 16, 2013. New interactive technology is enhancing the tour experience at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Thanks to the introduction of resource-rich tablets, guides can now curate tours of the Lincoln family’s home in Washington, DC by tailoring the tour to the needs and interests of each group in real time. An array of new features, such as crisp, high-quality visuals, audio recordings of never-before-told stories, scents, “windows into the past” and a dramatic presentation on wartime Washington, creates an evocative, sensory experience for visitors. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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