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By Erin Carlson Mast This is the 2nd installment of “100 Things to Know about President Lincoln’s Cottage.” Today’s list focuses on architectural history. The previous list of 10 addressed basic information about the site. 1. The Cottage is an authentic historic home with an incredible wealth of surviving fabric. Visitors get to walk the rooms, touch the banister, and peer through the very …
By Erin Carlson Mast Last August, we published a post that discussed historical, passive methods of cooling the Cottage. The desire is to use these methods of cooling the Cottage, the methods the Lincolns themselves would have used, to enhance the visitor experience and appreciation for the authentic structure. While historical methods of cooling are preferred, during the design phase, …
By Erin Carlson Mast The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued their annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list Wednesday, May 20th. The list highlights “important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.”
By Erin Carlson Mast Archaeology at President Lincoln’s Cottage has been an ongoing process since the start of the project. During the most recent phase of archaeological monitoring, what appeared to be an early “trash pit” was discovered during trenching on the north side of the Cottage and an archaeological dig was scheduled for comprehensive collection of artifacts. Among the …
By Erin Carlson Mast A member of the construction management company that oversaw preservation and restoration of the Cottage interior and rehabilitation of the Visitor Education Center recently forwarded us a photo he snapped in the Cottage in March 2007.
By Erin Carlson Mast With contribution from Douglas L. Wilson We are privileged to have amongst our advisors Douglas L. Wilson, Co-Director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College and author of such books as Lincoln’s Sword, 2007 winner of the Lincoln Prize. Wilson agreed to deliver the keynote address at the President Lincoln’s Cottage Grand Opening Ceremony, February 18, …
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched their new website. http://www.preservationnation.org/ Visit for information about historic sites in your area, the latest news in preservation, resources for local action, and much more.
By Erin Carlson Mast With opening only a couple short weeks away, finishing touches are being completed on the interior of President Lincoln’s Cottage. Yesterday, The Gfroerer Company completed hand-stitched binding and installation of woven cocoa matting in the library and drawing room.
By Erin Carlson Mast The January/February 2008 issue of Preservation Magazine focuses on the growing effort to merge preservation with sustainable design and features an article on the efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage to use “green” practices in the restoration effort on both buildings. The President Lincoln’s Cottage Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, housed in a renovated 1904-5 building, is expected to earn a LEED silver rating. Ms. Erin Mast …
By Donald W. Linebaugh, Ph.D. With Contributions by: Jonathon Pliska and Amy Bolasky In the late 1850s, the U.S. Government took the bold step of installing what was then the latest in lighting technology, a portable gas lighting system, on the campus of the Military Asylum (renamed the Soldiers’ Home in 1858, and now known as the Armed Forces Retirement …