November 2021 Newsletter

Have a Lincoln-esque Thanksgiving

This year families will decide if and how to safely gather. As with all important considerations, you might find yourself asking, “What Would Lincoln do?”

To help answer this question, learn about Lincoln’s historical role in the history of Thanksgiving here. Then take our quiz below, Abraham Lincoln’s Guide to a Successful Family Thanksgiving, which has been slightly updated for 2021. It might just prepare you for any holiday drama that might come your way.

However you spend your holiday, we hope it is safe, happy and healthy.

Lincoln’s Guide to Thanksgiving Quiz

By Rebecca Kilborne

Lincoln was famous for his sense of humor, an invaluable trait for diffusing tense situations. Take our quiz to see if you can pick the quote commonly attributed to Lincoln…and perhaps prepare for any holiday drama that may come your way.

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Social Media Spotlight: Reflections on Loss


On Child Loss Awareness Day (October 15th), we launched a social media campaign #ReflectionsonLoss, that connected presidential sites across the country to show the impact that grief has had on history. Two highlights are below. Please view the hashtag on social media to learn more of these important stories.

The death of newborn Patrick Kennedy, when his father John F. Kennedy was in office, saddened the world and gave the public an intimate view of the first family. The JFK Library shared a tumbler post on the “private grief of a public family.”

View the Tumbler.

Mount Vernon shared the loss of a twelve-year-old boy named William in the enslaved community and the story of his mother Kate, a field worker who advocated for herself to become a midwife.

Read more about William and Kate here.

Store Spotlight: Slippers and Ornaments

Looking for a unique holiday gift for your favorite friend of the Cottage? Our custom slippers and ornaments are wonderful options created with care and consideration. All sales benefit President Lincoln’s Cottage.

This custom footwear was developed with our partners at Stubbs and Wootton and inspired by Lincoln’s own carpet slippers. Available in your choice of natural linen, flax linen, or black velvet.

The slippers take 7-9 weeks to arrive, so order them today!

Our custom ornaments represent different aspects of Lincoln’s time at the Cottage. They are manufactured by Beacon Designs, the company behind the famous White House ornament.

Click here to shop our online selection below or, for a greater selection, please visit our store.

Have an Abe-solutely Fabulous Holiday Season with Us


Plan a Holiday Tour with your Family

Looking for a unique experience to share with your family over the holidays? Join us for our award-winning tours which offer a refreshing-thought provoking look at President Lincoln through stories of his time here at the Cottage. All frontline staff are trained to insure that tours are reflective, intergenerational experiences. Tours are offered every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day when our offices will be closed. Advanced purchase strongly advised.

Host a Holiday Party at the Cottage

Are you looking for a holiday party steeped in charm and history? Host one at the Cottage between now and January 31st and receive a 10% Discount. Indoor and outdoor options available. Email our Events Manager, Jerry Jeffries, to book.

  • DCist included our Scholar Session on paranormal photography in the 10 Virtual & IRL Things to do.
  • 7:30DC also promoted our Scholar Session in their newsletter.
  • Honor Your Hometown featured Dr. Mason’s video on their website.


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