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President Lincoln is often associated with setting the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there …
This month, we asked the Program department and new Museum Program Associates to come up with a soundtrack for the Cottage during a training and reflection exercise. From the drawing room to the veranda, each staff member was asked to pick a room of the Cottage and then choose a song that either represented the theme or the feeling of …
This August President Lincoln’s Cottage added two new staff members to its team. Jenny Phillips (External Communications Coordinator) and Nathaniel Hodges (Development Projects Coordinator) sat down on their one-month job anniversary to interview one another about their new roles, what attracted them to the Cottage, and what it might be like to have a beer (or in his case, a frosty …
For this month’s staff spotlight, we asked current and former tour guides at President Lincoln’s Cottage what their favorite question is to ask visitors on their tour of the Cottage. We hope you enjoy hearing their questions and the thoughtfulness put into each one.
2015 SOS Summit attendees talking while sitting on the cocoa matting President Lincoln’s Cottage features reproduction cocoa matting in major rooms on the first floor. Since opening to the public in 2008, over 250,000 visitors have walked these floors for tours, school programs, public events, and more. Because of this, the current matting, installed in 2008, now requires replacement. Ensuring …