Washington Post: A Last Tour at Lincoln's Cottage

On a recent tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage, historical interpreter Curtis Harris announced it would be his last. He pointed out that the date, Jan. 31, marked the 150-year anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery.

“There were 56 congressmen who voted against it,” he noted wryly, “and they were all from the North.”

At the cottage, interpreters are encouraged to conduct tours as a conversation about ideas and to use primary resources to “find their own Lincoln.”

I was on Harris’s last tour as a visitor. Later, I asked him to tell me what it meant to him to lead tours of the cottage.”

Read the full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-last-tour-at-lincolns-cottage/2015/02/13/c12627ac-b215-11e4-854b-a38d13486ba1_story.html.

Pictured: Curtis Harris using the interactive tablet technology to display an image of Gordon, an enslaved man who escaped from his master and fought in the Union Army.

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