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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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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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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