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By Rebecca DownesWhat is your favorite part of the holiday season? Is it your brightly decorated Christmas tree or the glowing candles of your menorah? Perhaps it is the thrill of ripping open your holiday gifts and feasting on decorated gingerbread men. For me, the best part of the holiday season are the traditions that have been passed down through …
By Kerry Plunkett Every year around this time, I start to think of traditions. Every family has their own. This week as families and friends across the country gather to celebrate Thanksgiving together, I was inspired to start a new tradition with my family. Watching people scour the markets and grocery stores desperately trying to find the last ingredients for …
By Shira Gladstone With the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth celebrated last year, and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War quickly approaching, one could say that now more than ever Abraham Lincoln’s life and leadership is being examined and honored. So, during this time of commemoration wouldn’t it be great if there were a direct descendent of Lincoln around, someone who …
By Leslie Bouterie This is the 7th installment of “100 Things to Know about President Lincoln’s Cottage.” Today’s list looks at 10 things about Tad Lincoln’s summers at the Soldiers’ Home. Previous posts in this series may be viewed under the category “100 Things to Know.” Upcoming lists will focus on Mary Lincoln and historical uses of the Cottage. -E. Mast …
by Matt Ringelstetter In a telegraph dated September 8, 1864, President Lincoln wrote to his wife Mary, reporting that “all is well, including Tad’s pony and the goats.” The pony and goats the President referred to were pets of his son Tad, who had spent the majority of his summer in Manchester, Vermont with his mother.