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President Lincoln's Cottage

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President Lincoln’s Cottage is an historic site and museum located in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. President Lincoln’s Cottage first opened to the public in February 2008, after an eight-year capital restoration project under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.


Programs by President Lincoln's Cottage

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The Open Field Project

In The Open Field Project, students bring Lincoln’s work on emancipation into their classroom, reflect on their civic priorities, and plant seeds in an idea garden to remind them of the ongoing work necessary to make positive change. The...


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Joan Cummins
3700 North Capitol Street NW
Washington DC 20011
United States

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The programs of President Lincoln's Cottage cover:

Social Studies/History
Special Education
Character Education
Problem Solving
Title I
Gifted & Talented