May 2022 Newsletter


There are Still Tickets Left for Bourbon & Bluegrass

Everything is coming together for our Bourbon & Bluegrass festival on the weekend of May 21-22nd.  The upstate New York band Driftwood, celebrated for their “killer live shows,” will be headlining  this year. Other performers will include bluegrass legend Tray Wellington, swingin’ local band Doug Stevenson & The Spades, as well as returning favorites Hollertown and Moose Jaw. There will be beard trimming, bourbon cocktails, beer, and lawn games.  Join us!

Tickets and info here.


Free Tickets for Bourbon & Bluegrass Volunteers

Work one day and receive a FREE ticket to the other when you volunteer with us!

We’re looking for adults 21+ who are fully vaccinated against COVID 19 to volunteer on either Saturday (5/21) or Sunday (5/22) from 12:00 to 5:30 pm. Volunteers will help with a variety of activities including greeting visitors, collecting drink tickets, and providing guests with information.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Molly at mcadwell@lincolncottage.org.


Roosevelt High School Students Brought Music, Dance and Poetry to the Cottage for the #RIDETHEVERSE Poetry Slam

Abraham Lincoln was NOT a man for leisure, but he did enjoy reciting poetry and when he met Mary Lincoln expressed that he wanted to dance with her “in the worst way” when he met her (she confirmed later that he did just that).

150 students at Roosevelt High School honored Lincoln’s love of poetry and dance by filling the Cottage with song, words, and movement last week. The annual #RIDETHEVERSE poetry slam was organized by the Roosevelt High School Poetry Club and the Fly By Light Performance Troupe and seventeen students performed original poems and songs, and sang covers. Between sets, onlookers enjoyed an impromptu dance party with the best rendition of the Wobble to grace the lawn of the Cottage.

President Lincoln’s Cottage Director Michael Atwood Mason was much excited by the program, which lines up well with our goal to be a community resource: “Our goal is to serve local communities by co-creating programming with them at the Cottage. We have a long history of working with local partners, and we plan to expand these collaborations in the future. ”


Watch the Video for our The 2022 Lincoln Ideas Forum on Grief

Grief is part of our origin story at President Lincoln’s Cottage. After losing their 11- year-old son Willie in February of 1862, Abraham and Mary Lincoln sought a place to grieve quietly, so they moved to the Cottage at the Soldier’s Home.

At our 2022 Lincoln Ideas forum on April 13th we brought together experts, scholars, and the public to cultivate fierce compassion for the bereaved in a society that shies away from death and sorrow. Enjoy the full program above.


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