On Saturday, February 13, President Lincoln’s Cottage conducted a Lincoln’s Hat program at the National Portrait Gallery. It marked the fifth year in a row that the Cottage has participated with the National Portrait Gallery for their Presidents’ Day Weekend celebration. Teresa Martz volunteered with Cottage staff to help make top hats for the kids and families who stopped by.
Here’s a brief reflection from Mrs. Martz on her day spent making top hats and the conversations she had with the children:
I enjoyed my time during the Family Day sharing Lincoln with young children. Many times the young children could give a standard answer to my question, “What do you know about Abraham Lincoln?” I found it fascinating that with very little prompting they were able to communicate a big idea that they could do to help the world just as Lincoln did in his life. They were concerned with global warming, the poor and that people are not being treated fairly. It gave me hope that the young of our country will continue to make the world better. The activity was fun and very popular with children and parents. The representatives from Lincoln’s Cottage were outstanding!!! They really love what they do.
Teresa Martz is an English and Social Studies teacher at Holy Redeemer School in Webster Groves, Missouri, and member of President Lincoln’s Cottage.
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photo courtesy of Bruce Guthrie.