Public Programs & Events

In addition to tours and exhibits, President Lincoln’s Cottage provides the community with a diverse spectrum of public programs and special events that allow everyone the opportunity to experience the historic grounds in meaningful and engaging ways. These programs and events advance our mission through building community, sharing groundbreaking scholarship, and promoting big ideas.

Upcoming Events

There’s always something meaningful happening at President Lincoln’s Cottage. We regularly host a variety of virtual and onsite public events including speakers, forums, commemorations, and other programming. Sign up for upcoming events and take a look at our gallery for highlights from past programs.

Past Events

Cottage Conversations

Cottage Conversations is the signature scholar series held at the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation featuring authors and other luminaries discussing recently published work relevant to Lincoln and the history of the Cottage.

Person Reading to Children

Social Studies
for Families

In our Social Studies series, young learners engage with issues that matter through storytelling, hands-on activities, and reflection. Our socially distanced, outdoor social studies program for young learners is back on Wednesdays in April and May. Programs were developed for ages 2-8, but children of all ages were welcomed to participate.  Can’t make it in person?  Order a Social Studies in a Box to your home.

Scholar Sessions

Scholar Sessions is a virtual, members-only event hosted by President Lincoln’s Cottage over Zoom. President Lincoln’s Cottage members learn directly from a scholar and then have an opportunity for a one-on-one Q&A. Past speakers include Harold Holzer, Thurgood Marshall, Jr. Michael Kahn, Dr. Vernon Burton, and Dr. Edna Greene Medford.

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Lincoln Cottage Scholar Sessions
Two Faces Comedy Exhibit

Two Faces
Comedy Series

 “I leave it to my audience: If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?”
– Abraham Lincoln, 1858

Drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln’s legendary humor and self-deprecation, President Lincoln’s Cottage and The DC Improv partner to present Two Faces Comedy, a comedy series that brings local comedians, seasoned punsters, and improv stars to Lincoln’s home

Ideas Forum

The Lincoln Ideas Forum is an annual event that brings together experts, activists, scholars, and the public in an exploration of topics related to Lincoln’s legacy.

Lincoln Ideas Talk Group
People Running Freedom 5K

Homecoming & Freedom 5K

During the Civil War, the Lincoln family called President Lincon’s Cottage home. Each year we welcome the public “home” to join us for a full day of racing and family fun activities.  Homecoming includes our annual Freedom 5K — an exclusive opportunity for members of the public to race through the 250-acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home – home to hundreds of veterans– in Northwest Washington, DC. Proceeds and donations from the run support the mission of President Lincoln’s Cottage. The 5K culminates in a day-long celebration of family with pony rides, performances, and crafts.

Bourbon & Bluegrass

Our Bourbon & Bluegrass event is an annual celebration where visitors gather to lounge on Lincoln’s lawn, sip beer and bourbon, and enjoy live bluegrass music. All proceeds from the event go towards preservation efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Help us safeguard Lincoln’s home and continue his fight for freedom while enjoying a day full of live music and fun. Keep an eye out for announcements about next year’s event.

Lincoln Cottage Picnic on Lawn