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.
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.
In our Social Studies series, young learners engage with issues that matter through storytelling, hands-on activities, and reflection. Due to its popularity, we extended our socially distanced, outdoor social studies program for young learners through November 2020 this year. Programs were developed for ages 2-8, but children of all ages were welcomed to participate. While we are no longer offering our in-person program, the young learners in your life can experience our program at home with a purchase of Social Studies in a Box.
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.
“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 drawing room.
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.
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.
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.