December 7, 6:30pm

In partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, President Lincoln’s Cottage invites you to experience the solace that this home offered the Lincoln family in a time of deep personal and national grief.

In 1862, the Lincolns sought respite here after the death of their son Willie, an experience of loss that echoed among many other families during the Civil War. Inspired by that history and by a collection of 19th-century letters and stationary, participants will consider the experience of loss and the practice of mourning during Victorian times.

Then, through creative writing, we will reflect on expressions of grief today in our culture and in our lives. Join us in a warm, supportive, historic space to embrace your creativity as a tool to engage with loss and remembrance.

Learn more and get tickets HERE.


Mary Hall Surface

Mary Hall Surface is a teaching artist, playwright, and theatre director and producer. She is the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s Writing Salon and a popular presenter of creative and reflective writing for the Smithsonian Associates. She presents workshops nationwide as a museum educator, a National Kennedy Center teaching artist and was a faculty member at Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.