The #WhatIWouldMiss campaign is a public-private partnership to raise awareness about human trafficking among high school students through a peer-to-peer social media competition, organized by President Lincoln’s Cottage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education.  The campaign encourages teenagers to think about aspects of their daily lives that they would miss if they were a victims of human trafficking and share a post on social media answering that question, including a related fact about human trafficking.  The winning submission will attend the third annual Students Opposing Slavery International Summit at President Lincoln’s Cottage.  Deadline is February 27, 2015.  

To learn more, visit www.StudentsOpposingSlavery.org/WhatIWouldMiss.


Continuing Lincoln’s Fight for Freedom: Preservation Leadership Forum

Associate Director for Programs Callie Hawkins wrote this article on the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Originally published on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog.

In February 2012, President Lincoln’s Cottage launched an exhibit on modern slavery called Can You Walk Away? Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery in the United States. Given our history and the work President Lincoln did here developing his ideas around the Emancipation Proclamation, we realized that we have a responsibility to see how far our country has come in the fight for freedom. As a result of this exhibit, PLC began working with a group of four high school juniors who started Students Opposing Slavery (SOS), a grassroots, student-led organization to raise awareness against human trafficking and modern slavery. President Lincoln’s Cottage (PLC) worked with these students in several different capacities and when the founders looked ahead to what would become of SOS when they graduated, they approached PLC about becoming the home base for SOS activity. With them, PLC came up with a plan to host an annual week-long international summit for high school students and developed a strategy for continued engagement with participants throughout the school year. Now two years later, PLC has held two successful SOS International Summits, which engage students from around the globe in the modern fight to end slavery at a place central to our nation’s historical fight against it.

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The SOS Summit was developed with three major goals in mind. PLC wanted to: 1) convene a group of high school students from around the world to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery; 2) develop big ideas around ending modern slavery and provide participants the tools they need to continue Lincoln’s fight for freedom in their own communities; and 3) create a global network of young abolitionists. Each Summit has brought its own set of challenges and “a-ha” moments, some of which are shared below. Read the full article.

2014 SOS Summit Registration

President Lincoln’s Cottage is now accepting applications for the 2014 Students Opposing Slavery International Summit on June 23-27, 2014.  During this Summit, participants will: 

-Continue Abraham Lincoln’s fight for freedom
-Create an international network of young abolitionists to develop big ideas around ending slavery in our time
-Engage with modern abolitionists working to end human trafficking
-Participate in off-site excursions that build teamwork and awareness around the modern fight

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“Debating Liberty” lesson plan available now!

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.

Essential questions covered in the lesson plan:
-What is the definition of liberty?
-To whom did liberty apply in the 1860s?
-How do you protect the liberties of all people?

Standards alignment:
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
◆CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL .7.1
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

An Evening for Educators

The Civil War Washington Consortium presents
An Evening for Educators
at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Wednesday, September 25th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
1644 31st Street, NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC 20007

This FREE event invites educators to explore the historic house built in 1816 by Martha Washington’s granddaughter and lived in by 6 generations of the same family and explore 5.5 acres of historic gardens and to discover the array of hands-on, engaging programs the Civil War Washington Museum Consortium has to offer for students in Kindergarten through Twelfth grade!

Wine and Cheese ~ Teacher Resources
Door Prizes ~ Field Trip Information

RSVP requested: Talia Mosconi ~tmosconi@tudorplace.org or call 202.965.0400 x110

The following historic sites will be represented at Tudor Place:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Ford’s Theatre
President Lincoln’s Cottage
Tudor Place

Field Trips from Field Trip

Field Trip app partners with President Lincoln’s Cottage, sponsors free field trips for over 500 DC-area public school students.

August 21, 2013. DC Public School students and students at Title 1 schools in Maryland and Virginia will receive free field trips to President Lincoln’s Cottage, thanks to a generous donation from Field Trip from Niantic Labs @ Google. Field Trip is a location-based app. Called “the future of augmented reality” by The Atlantic, Field Trip is expanding its reach by partnering with President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat in Washington, D.C. Over five hundred area students will benefit from the bus scholarships and free educational programs courtesy of Field Trip.

Download full press release here.