July 2020 Newsletter



Dear Friends,

This week marks the 20th anniversary of President Clinton declaring the Cottage a National Monument.  In those two decades, we have experienced events that forever changed the course of our world, adding layers to the over 150 years of history the Cottage had previously witnessed.  We never could have predicted that we’d mark our 20th anniversary in the midst of a massive pandemic, and that we’d be in the process of re-opening the site after a 14 week closure. Our ability to reopen is due not only to DC entering Phase 2, which includes museums and libraries, but to this team’s considerable efforts to collect input from multiple stakeholder groups, to ensure logistics and supplies were in place, and to develop and implement new visitor experiences, from pre-arrival to departure, that go above and beyond the comprehensive health and safety requirements set by our city.

If you are not in the area or are not ready to venture out, I encourage you to take advantage of our digital and virtual programming. As of yesterday, our Q&Abe podcast is now a two-time award winning program!  If you’re one of our existing 5,000 listeners in 35 countries, please share the good news with your friends.  If you haven’t given it a listen yet, I hope this is all the motivation you need.

We are committed to carrying out our mission with creativity and innovation, as we have always done. We uphold our promise to serve as a home for brave ideas to be shared and discussed. And we look forward to meeting you where you are.

With appreciation,



We are Reopening with Brand New Outdoor Experiences

We are pleased to offer three exciting outdoor experiences to safely continue to share with our public new perspectives on Abraham Lincoln and the home that he loved: a preservation tour, a cemetery tour, and a storytelling session on the lawn. Learn More

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New Safety Measures Introduced

We have updated our visitor guidelines to keep our community safe during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We are privileged to share a campus with the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Their safety, and yours, is our top priority.


In addition to routine cleaning and sanitization, and limiting indoor access, we are requiring advance ticket purchase, masks, and social distancing (standing at least one Lincoln apart per the image below).READ MORE

Q& Abe Awards

We are thrilled to announce that our podcast, Q & Abe, won two awards this past month, from MUSE and from AASLH.

Upcoming Programs

Virtual Family Game Nights

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 7pm
  • Tuesday, July 21rd, 7pm
  • Tuesday, July 28th, 7pm

Join us every Tuesday for some rollicking family fun developed with our friends at Game Genius. Each week brings a new game that puts household objects to use in new and creative ways. Hilarity runs high, and you learn about Lincoln to boot!

Missed one of our Virtual Programs?

Here are a few of the thought-provoking programs that took place during our closure:

In June we engaged in a thoughtful reflection on grieving our current national hardships with Pastor John Goodloe – Chaplain of the Armed Forces Retirement Home and Board Member at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Click here

Watch our inaugural Scholar Session with esteemed Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, who discussed Lincoln’s critical decision to move forward with his re-election campaign with a group of our members. Click here

In this online workshop with Jared Peatman, we examined particular incidents from Abraham Lincoln’s life to reflect on strategies he used to respond to adversity and handle stress—all while leading the country through a national crisis. Click here.

This online workshop with Laura Banks explored how cultivating a feeling of connection and appreciating the contributions of others to our lives can give us strength, comfort, and courage, especially during challenging times. Click here.

President Lincoln’s Cottage in the News


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