September 2023 Newsletter

A New Chapter for the Cottage

Our New CEO & Executive Director leading a teacher training in 2018.

President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has named Callie Hawkins as CEO and executive director effective August 2023. Callie has served President Lincoln’s Cottage for nearly 15 years, most recently as director of programming and as interim director in 2021. She succeeds Dr. Michael Atwood Mason who led the Cottage’s most recent strategic planning process, setting a course for the next five years.

“Callie prioritizes compassion, creativity, and a deep and abiding love for this place in everything she does,” said Rick Murphy, chair of the board. “We are proud and excited for the future of the Cottage under her capable leadership.”

Callie brings extensive experience in program design, historic site interpretation, and people management to the role. A staff member since 2009, she has strengthened the organization’s programmatic impact through the development of nationally recognized initiatives including tours, exhibits, student and teacher offerings, and programs for the general public.

“President Lincoln’s Cottage captured my heart when I first came on a tour shortly after the site opened to the public,” Callie said. “I am honored to build on the great work this team has accomplished and grateful for the opportunity to steward this unique and impactful organization, guided by the bold, brave ideas at the heart of this special place.”

Callie also co-hosts Q&Abe, the site’s award-winning podcast, which has reached thousands of people in more than 75 countries. Projects she spearheaded have been widely recognized for their innovation and excellence and have won awards from the American Association for State and Local History, American Alliance of Museums, and the National Council on Public History among others. Callie also developed Students Opposing Slavery, a youth education program dedicated to combating modern slavery, which was awarded a presidential medal in 2016.

Callie has contributed to numerous publications, including the Journal of Museum Education, the Public Historian, and History Matters. She previously worked in education and interpretation for the National Park Service, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She holds a B.A. in English from Clemson University and a M.A. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary.

Thank you to our many friends, partners, members, and donors who have supported our work throughout the years. We look forward to continuing to work together in this new chapter for the Cottage.

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