Family Day

Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage is back! On Saturday September 12th 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, you’re invited to join us on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at the fourth annual President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Family Day event. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! Register online today.

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Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Play at the Petting Zoo: Ride a pony, chase the peacocks, and play with animals at a petting zoo with Tad Lincoln’s favorite pets. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans and create your own top hat! 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Live Music: Listen to a military band perform live. 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat! Regular ticket prices apply; visit our tickets page to purchase in advance.* First tour begins at 10:00 am; last tour begins at 3:00 pm.

*Cottage tours are not included in free Family Day activities. If you would like to take a tour of the Cottage, we strongly recommend purchasing Cottage Tour Tickets in advance. Regular ticket prices apply.

Family Day activities, sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home, are FREE unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public. Event program and schedule subject to change.

Run the Freedom 5K

Run for freedom at the second annual Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage with Olympic champion and running icon, Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Joanie 2Run for Freedom at the second annual Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation and led our nation through the Civil War. Olympic champion and running icon Joan Benoit Samuelson will once again participate in the Freedom 5K 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.

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Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, fields, historic buildings and vistas on this breath-taking course. The run culminates on the foot of the lawn at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where a ceremony will take place. The annual Freedom 5K is an unique opportunity for members of the public to race through the 250-acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home – home to hundreds of veterans who fought for freedom – in NW Washington, DC.  Proceeds and donations from the run support the mission of President Lincoln’s Cottage, a private non-profit organization.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 am.
WHERE: President Lincoln’s Cottage. Entrance: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011 [click here for directions].
FEE: $25 per person through August 26, $30 per person August 27 through race day. 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.
REGISTRATION: Click here to register online. Online registration closes on Thursday September 24 at 8:00 pm. Interested runners are welcome to register in-person at the race between 6:30 and 7:30 am. Registration closes at 7:30 am.
CONTACT: Contact President Lincoln’s Cottage with any questions at 202-829-0436 or Freedom5K@savingplaces.org.
VOLUNTEERS: Are you interested in supporting the Freedom 5K? Help make this race a success by volunteering as a race marshal, registration assistant, set-up support, and more. Contact Freedom5K@savingplaces.org for more information.

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Read what previous Freedom 5K participants had to say:
“Thanks for doing it. It was a beautiful run!”
“Great race! I had a fun time, and the course was both fun and challenging. The views of the District in the first half-mile were a real treat.”
“Already looking forward to the next one!”

Winning time at 2014 Freedom 5K: 16:42, Sebi Devlin-Foltz (DC)

PAST EVENT: Memorial Day Tours of the USSAH National Cemetery

Commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home (USSAH) National Cemetery, the first National Cemetery created during the Civil War and the predecessor to Arlington National Cemetery.

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The Armed Forces Retirement Home and President Lincoln’s Cottage are proud to partner on Memorial Day (Monday May 25, 2015) for a wreath-laying ceremony and guided tours of the USSAH National Cemetery. Cemetery tours and wreath-laying ceremony are FREE and open to the public.
Reservations requested. Click here to register.

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10:00 am. FREE. Meet at bandstand adjacent to Cottage at 9:30 am.

Cemetery Tours
10:45 am and 12:30 pm. FREE. Meet at bandstand adjacent to Cottage at 10:15 am and 12:00 pm. Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Cottage Tours
On the hour. First tour – 10:00 am, last tour – 3:00 pm. Regular ticket costs apply. Advanced purchase strongly recommended – purchase online or call 202-829-0436 to reserve tickets.

Pack a picnic lunch so you can enjoy the beautiful grounds and cool breezes on this historic hilltop after your tours. Picnic tables and ample lawn space on the President Lincoln’s Cottage grounds are open to the public.

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PAST EVENT: Cottage Conversation with Mike Kahn and Matt Wuerker

Kahn-CoverMike Kahn discusses his new work, “‘What Fools These Mortals Be!’ The Story of Puck – America’s First and Most Influential Magazine of Color Political Cartoons” at Cottage Conversations, the signature speaker series at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Mr. Kahn will be in conversation with Matt Wuerker, Editorial Cartoonist for Politico.

Kahn-HeadshotJoin us on Thursday May 21st when Mike Kahn, author of “‘What Fools These Mortals Be!’ The Story of Puck – America’s First and Most Influential Magazine of Color Political Cartoons” examines the storied history of Puck magazine. Mr. Kahn will be joined by Matt Wuerker, Editorial Cartoonist for Politico.

Matt Wuerker_photoReception: 6:00 pm, Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
Lecture: 6:30 pm, President Lincoln’s Cottage
Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at MMartz@savingplaces.org or call (202) 688-3735.

Cottage Conversations offers relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture, and concludes with a book signing.

PAST EVENT: Bourbon & Bluegrass: A Party for Preservation

On Sunday May 17 from 2-5 pm, enjoy live bluegrass music, sip bourbon on the verandah, play lawn games, and support preservation efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage at our first-ever preservation party! By & By, a bluegrass band based here in the District, will play live on the lawn. This event is sold out and tickets are no longer available.
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Questions? Contact Hilary Malson at HMalson@savingplaces.org or 202-688-3729.

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Photo courtesy Max Krupka, Washington Executive Photography Services.

PAST EVENT: Lincoln’s Legacy at 150

This April, join us for FREE events and exhibits commemorating Lincoln’s life and legacy 150 years after his death.

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Lincoln Ideas Forum, Friday April 10, 1:30 PM
Watch a video of this program.

This program is supported by the Interpretation and Education Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an endowed fund made possible by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Notable thinkers will come together at President Lincoln’s Cottage for a dynamic symposium exploring the intersection of President Lincoln’s life and legacy with contemporary issues including immigration, human trafficking, architectural phenomenology, presidential safety, and equity in education. The forum will feature Adam Goodheart of Washington College, Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project, Milton Shinberg, Principal Architect at Shinberg.Levinas, Jason Silverman of Winthrop University,  Brian Dixon (presidential security), and other experts. There is no cost to attend this event.

Limited seating – click here to register online. Can’t attend? Join the conversation using #LincolnIdeas.

Lincoln’s Last Ride, Monday April 13, 12-3:30 pm
Watch a video of this program.

Abraham Lincoln last rode out to the Soldiers’ Home on April 13, 1865, one day before his assassination. We will retrace Lincoln’s final commute on horseback from the White House to the Soldiers’ Home. Horses and riders from the Fort Myer Caisson Platoon and from the Goshen Hounds Hunt club will participate in this event.

A free, public ceremony will take place at 3:00 pm outside of the Cottage following the ride. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will give welcoming remarks, Bonnie Morris of the Rainbow History Project will read ” O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman, and sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln will lay a wreath at the statue of Lincoln and his horse.

You are invited to salute the ride from *viewing stations and sidewalks along the route, and to welcome the horses and riders to the Cottage at the ride’s end.

Route
: 15th Street NW > Vermont Ave NW > Rhode Island Ave NW > Georgia Ave NW > Rock Creek Church Road NW > Arrive at President Lincoln’s Cottage.

-*Shaw Library plaza, Rhode Island Ave NW and 7th St NW
-*Howard University plaza, Fairmont St NW and Georgia Ave NW
Ride begins at 12 PM. 3:30 PM end time is approximate.

Draped in Black, Saturday April 18 through Thursday April 30
Within days of President Lincoln’s death in 1865, staff and residents of the Soldiers’ Home (now known as the Armed Forces Retirement Home) draped the Cottage in black cambric.  President Lincoln’s Cottage will commemorate the Soldiers’ Home’s mourning of their President by once again draping the Cottage in black for the 150th anniversary.

Not an American Practice: Lincoln’s Life at Risk, on view now through September 2015
Prints and objects from the President Lincoln’s Cottage collection illuminate the efforts to protect the president at the Soldiers’ Home and beyond, and contemplate how Lincoln’s assassination forever changed presidential security.

OriginALs: Memorial Objects from the Collection, on view April 1 through August 2015
View artifacts from the President Lincoln’s Cottage collection on public display for the very first time in 150 years. Exhibit items include the goblet that Abraham Lincoln drank from on his last visit to the Soldiers’ Home and the gloves and armband worn by A.N. See, a member of Lincoln’s presidential guard, at the White House funeral for Lincoln.

PAST EVENT: Cottage Conversation with Don Doyle and Sidney Blumenthal

Doyle-headshot3Dr. Don Doyle discusses his new work, “The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War,” with Mr. Sidney Blumenthal, former White House aide to President Clinton.

Join us on Thursday April 9th as historian Don Doyle, author of “The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War,” examines international perspectives of the American Civil War. Dr. Doyle will be joined by Mr. Sidney Blumenthal, a widely-published journalist and former aide to President Clinton, for this program.

Blumenthal-headshotReception: 6:00 pm, Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
Lecture: 6:30 pm, President Lincoln’s Cottage
Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at MMartz@savingplaces.org or call (202) 688-3735.

Cottage Conversations offers relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture, and concludes with a book signing.

PAST EVENT: Cottage Conversation with Brian Jordan and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux

Brian Jordan headshotDr. Brian Jordan discusses his new work, “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War,” with veterans’ affairs reporter Emily Wax-Thibodeaux.

New Date! Join us on Thursday March 26th as historian Brian Jordan, author of “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War,” sheds light on the battles that veterans faced upon returning home at the next Cottage Conversation. Dr. Jordan will be joined by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, award-winning veterans’ affairs reporter at the Washington Post, for this program.

Emily Wax ThibodeauxReception: 6:00 pm, Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
Lecture: 6:30 pm, President Lincoln’s Cottage
Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at MMartz@savingplaces.org or call (202) 688-3735.

Cottage Conversations offers relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture, and concludes with a book signing.

Cottage Conversations

What better place to learn about Abraham Lincoln than the home he loved so much? Cottage Conversations, the signature lecture series at President Lincoln’s Cottage, offers relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. Now in its 7th year, the 2014-2015 season of Cottage Conversations features a notable guest interviewing a Lincoln scholar. The program starts with a cocktail reception, is followed by the conversation and concludes with a book signing.

The 2014-2015 season of Cottage Conversations is made possible with generous support from: Mr. David Bruce Smith, Mr. James Tennies, and Mr. Matthew Tennies.

NEW DATE! Thursday November 20th
Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, speaks with CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Thursday December 4th
Chris DeRose, author of The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them, speaks with presidential historian Michael Beschloss.

Thursday March 26th
Brian Jordan, author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.

Thursday April 9th
Don Doyle, The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, with Mr. Sidney Blumenthal, former White House aide to President Clinton.

Thursday May 21st
Michael Kahn, ‘What Fools These Mortals Be!’ The Story of Puck – America’s First and Most Influential Magazine of Color Political Cartoons.

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PAST EVENT: “150 Years After the Thirteenth Amendment” with Congressman G.K. Butterfield

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on February 27 at 1:30 pm with Rep. G. K. Butterfield.

Butterfield headshotPresident Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home are proud to partner for our annual Black History Month program. Keynote speaker Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Representative of North Carolina’s 1st District and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will speak on his experiences as a student leader, Civil Rights attorney, judge, and Congressman that have put him in the front-lines of history, helping others to fully realize the promise of the Thirteenth Amendment and continuing to shape an equal and just United States. This program will also include inspirational readings and musical interludes.

Click here to RSVP.
Questions? LincolnEd@savingplaces.org, 202-688-3735.
Please note that seating is limited to the first 50 guests who RSVP.