Hiring: Historical Interpreter

President Lincoln’s Cottage seeks enthusiastic candidates for the position of Historical Interpreter to interpret the history of President Lincoln and his time at the Soldiers’ Home through guided tours, education and public programs, and site rentals. Historical Interpreters serve as informed, friendly ambassadors for the site and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and work between 15-20 hours per week (weekend and holidays included).

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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.

‘Understanding Lincoln’ Online Course

Registration Now Open for Online Graduate Course: “Understanding Lincoln”

Presented by our friends at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College

Understanding Lincoln is a new type of online graduate course taught by noted Lincoln scholar Matthew Pinsker and offered jointly by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and Dickinson College. The course provides seminar-style interaction and graduate course credit at low cost for a limited number of eligible participants.  

Course Title:  Understanding Lincoln
Designed for: K-12 history educators
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Course duration: July 23 – November 19, 2013
Cost: $450 (to receive 3 graduate course credits)
Note:  There is also a free, open section for those who want to follow along, but advance registration is required.

Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute website to learn more.
Questions:  pd@gilderlehrman.org  

Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows

Join up to 25 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War!

-Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, his “Team of Rivals,” and Confederate spies who plotted against him at Ford’s Theatre

-Experience the home of a southern sympathizer in historic Georgetown, and learn how she saved her beloved estate from the Union army

-Learn about the contraband camps and Emancipation Day as you follow Lincoln’s commute to and from the Old Soldier’s Home on a hill north of the city

-Visit historic Anacostia and the beautiful home of Frederick Douglass as he helped raise up the formerly enslaved during and after Reconstruction

Come away from your week in Washington familiar with: an array of virtual tours, the oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; comfortable taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and excited about using classroom drama to help historic characters come alive!

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Reservations for School Groups


We look forward to welcoming your group to the Cottage. When planning your student or teacher group visit, please keep the following in mind:

-3 weeks advanced reservations required.
-Download the brochure, guidelines, and application form here.
-Send the complete form as an email attachment to LincolnEd@savingplaces.org or send via fax to 202-829-0437.
-Submitting the application does not mean you have a confirmed tour.
-Upon receipt of the application, you will be contacted within 48 hours to either confirm or reschedule your tour. Confirmation emails are sent between 9am-5pm on weekdays only.

Programs For Educators

President Lincoln’s Cottage offers on campus workshops for educators and frequently collaborates with other historic sites and museums to offer additional workshop and training opportunities.

Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows

The Civil War Washington Museum Consortium, including President Lincoln’s Cottage, Ford’s Theatre Society, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, offers week-long, summer workshops for educators. These workshops provide a place-based approach to exploring Washington during the Civil War as teachers spend time at each participating site, discover Civil War neighborhoods through walking tours, and leave with an array of resources to use in their classrooms.

Applications are due April 4, 2014. For information on dates, pricing, applications, and more, click here.

Living Lincoln: A Workshop for Teachers

During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln developed a unique leadership style that continues to resonate with today’s leaders. In Living Lincoln: A Workshop for Teachers, a museum educator facilitates an interactive workshop for school leaders that uses Lincoln’s pragmatic style as a model for helping students develop the skills they need to be effective leaders. In this workshop, educators receive a customized tour of the Cottage, a resource packet of reflection activities and lesson plans, and an introduction to Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions: Debating Emancipation.

This program lasts approximately 1.5 hours and is available for $15 per person, with a minimum of 10 teachers. For more information on this program, please contact LincolnEd@savingplaces.org.

Reservations: Advance reservations required at least three weeks prior to visit. Non-refundable deposit required when reservation is confirmed. Make reservations here.