While Abraham Lincoln’s public image was defined by his signature stovepipe hat, his private, more casual nature is highlighted in the newest exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. Meetings at the Cottage were often impromptu and informal, and Lincoln was known to greet guests while wearing carpet slippers. An original pair of Lincoln’s own slippers is on public display in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage from July 1, 2014 through February 12, 2015. The slippers are on loan from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, OH.
The slippers are the latest item to join “originALs,” a series of exhibitions at President Lincoln’s Cottage featuring original objects connected to President Abraham Lincoln that speak to the importance and complexity of the Lincoln story and relate directly to Lincoln’s time here at the Soldiers’ Home. Objects previously highlighted in the “originALs” series include President Lincoln’s personal briefcase, Tad Lincoln’s cherished photo album, and the Civil War diary of Private Albert Nelson See.