Reflections for President Lincoln's Cottage

By Scott Ackerman

Having worked at President Lincoln’s Cottage for about three and a half of the four years I often reflect on just how far the site has come,  and I am so proud that President Lincoln’s Cottage has grown into one of the most unique and innovative historic sites in Washington, D.C.

What has remained constant over the last four years is the commitment and dedication of our staff to preserving and fostering discussion about Lincoln’s life, his times, and his legacy.  As we move through the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, interpretation of Lincoln’s ideas continue to be more important and relevant then ever before, and it is a privilege to be engaged in such meaningful work.  One other constant during our first few years being open to the public has been the overwhelming support of our visitors.  We continue to be impressed not only by how many visitors come to President Lincoln’s Cottage, but by how many come back for a return visit with family members, friends, and colleagues.  Such continued expressions of support means that we have connected with our visitors on some level, that Lincoln’s ideas have been made meaningful, and that people are continuing think about those ideas long after they have left our site. For historic sites and museums, there can be no greater measure of a sites success and importance. So to all our visitors: thank you for your support, we could not do this without you, and we hope to see you again soon.

Mr. Ackerman is a Historical Interpreter at President Lincoln’s Cottage.
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