A Safe Place for Brave Ideas: November 9th Peaceful Reflection at the Cottage


On Wednesday, November 9th, just one day after the U.S. Presidential Election, the Cottage opened its doors from 3:30 – 7:30 PM as a place for peaceful reflection.

President Lincoln’s Cottage sent out a message to the community that said:

“We recognize that people are expressing a need to come together, peacefully, when we are a House Divided. As a National Monument, where Lincoln came to deal with epic division and chaos in our country, we are committed to providing a secular place of reflection and serving as your beacon of hope. Our lights are on for you. All of you.”

The Cottage was adorned with lanterns, hot cider and cookies were laid out in the main hall, and Lincoln quotes were projected throughout the rooms. Guests were encouraged to organically view the Cottage, to chat, and to reflect. Up in the emancipation room, on the Emancipation Desk, we posed a question for anyone who wanted to participate. The question was:

“What action will you take to bring about unity in this country?”

Here are some of the answers:

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