This April, join us for FREE events and exhibits commemorating Lincoln’s life and legacy 150 years after his death.
Lincoln Ideas Forum, Friday April 10, 1:30 PM
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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
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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.