PostTV, the video arm of the Washington Post, visited President Lincoln’s Cottage to take a closer look at Tad Lincoln’s cherished photo album and learn more about the Bucktail soldiers. Watch the full segment here.
President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home invited Vera Williams, Clayton Adams, and Justin Gilliam, three direct living descendants of Solomon Northup (“Twelve Years a Slave”), to speak about his legacy for Black History Month. American History TV (C-SPAN3) covered the event. Click here to watch the program online.
This article was originally posted on The Inkwell, the blog of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).
Early on in the initial interpretive planning process at President Lincoln’s Cottage it was determined that the best way to interpret Abraham Lincoln’s favorite place in Washington, DC was with a multimedia approach. This was achieved with flexible content throughout the house that would allow individual interpreters to use a remote control to trigger media in a given room.
This approach challenged the traditional historic house museum model as interpretive guides use their narratives skills in conjunction with supporting media systems in each room. While the combination of historical content and media support has proven a very effective educational tool, the hardware and software required to carry out this vision most effectively did not exist when the Cottage opened in 2008.
In response, work-arounds to the initial plan were developed and produced a satisfactory but not ideal solution and prohibited us from making any changes to the Cottage media — either in real time or in advance — that would help us better serve specific audiences.
Thanks to a recent grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we were able to fulfill our original vision with the introduction of a tablet based system. With the resource-rich tablets, guides at President Lincoln’s Cottage can now curate tours of the Cottage 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, and a dramatic presentation on wartime Washington, creates an evocative, sensory experience for visitors.
A Historical Interpreter at President Lincoln’s Cottage trains to use new tour technology.
The rich multimedia is a catalyst for conversations on Lincoln’s revolutionary ideas and how they shaped our nation. With the new tablets, guides can pull up supplementary historical resources that support visitors’ questions and better accommodate our adult and student visitors’ various learning styles. To me, one of the most exciting parts of this project is the snowball effect it has had on our ideas for effective interpretation.
I know there are tons of us out there working with this technology, and I’m curious what you’re doing. Please use the comments section to share your own experiences –pros AND cons welcome and encouraged!
-Callie Hawkins, Associate Director for Programs at President Lincoln’s Cottage
Paul Kobrak of BBC4 visited President Lincoln’s Cottage to discover Lincoln’s path to the Gettysburg Address. Listen to the segment here.
President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home are proud to commemorate Black History Month with a FREE screening of “12 Years a Slave,” the critically-acclaimed film adaptation of Solomon Northup’s harrowing odyssey. Join us for the screening at 6:00 pm on Thursday February 27, and then return to the Cottage for a program at 1:30 pm on Friday February 28 featuring Vera Williams, Clayton Adams, and Justin Gilliam, three direct living descendants of Solomon Northup.
UPDATE: The screening and program are at capacity, and we are adding all reservations to a waiting list. Reservations required due to limited capacity. Email HMalson@savingplaces.org or call 202-829-0436 x31228 to reserve your space at the screening and/or lecture.
Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight.
Click here to download our Debating Liberty lesson plan. This exercise was developed by Kathryn Notarpole, a 7th grade teacher in Arizona as part of her final project for the 2013 Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows program. Debating Liberty is designed for students in grades 7–12. Time: Three, 55 minute class periods.
Missy and Anthony participated in the 2013 Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows program, during which they learned about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War. They reflected on the experience of visiting President Lincoln’s Cottage and shared how a class visit can impact their students.
Copyright National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2013.
Emancipation at 150: The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation is an anthology of the latest research on the Emancipation Proclamation from leading Lincoln scholars and government officials, jointly produced by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Download Emancipation at 150 for free (PDF).
The anthology includes the following essays:
News 4′s Aaron Gilchrist visited President Lincoln’s Cottage and the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery to reflect on President Lincoln and the Battle of Gettysburg. Watch it here.
This post is part 4 of the self-emancipation blog series.
Sometimes enslaved Africans Americans faced the option to take a risk for freedom, they chose to stay where they lived and labored. It is important to understand this did not mean they were weak, or passive. There are ways that these people fought against dehumanization from home.
The 20th century artist Bob Marley said “[E]mancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”
What do you think he meant by this? In what ways could we connect it to the experience of African American slaves?
Brittany C., an interpreter at President Lincoln’s Cottage and a masters student in the American University Public History program, created a website for a project in her history and new media course. Through creative use of audio and visual aids, Make Freedom Ring explores the idea of agency among enslaved people.
Click here to read the full post about Remaining A Slave.