Lincoln’s Cottage Celebrated 150 Years of Emancipation Day

April 19, 2012 by  

On Sunday April 15th President Lincoln’s Cottage hosted a celebration of 150th anniversary of Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia, the day that the slaves were freed in Washington, D.C. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing were used to announce the celebration and attract the public to visit the Cottage for the ceremonies.

Featured events on Sunday included a musical program and Lincoln presidential scholars. Edna Greene, Harold Holzer and Frank Williams, experts on Lincoln, were present to discuss the role Lincoln played in the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, the role citizens played and the public reactions to the Act.

On Monday, Ford’s Theatre, Cultural Tourism D.C. and the Willard Intercontinental Hotel and the cottage jointly hosted “Free in D.C.”, a mobile scavenger hunt that took place throughout the city.

President Lincoln’s Cottage was the primary residence for the Lincoln family for a quarter of his term as president and is the most historic site that is associated with his time as President, not counting the White House. President Lincoln and his family lived in the cottage during the Civil War, during the months from June to September in 1862, 1863 and 1864.

Close to $15 million in 2001 was spent by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to restore the Cottage, which was then opened to the public in 2008 to give Americans a hitherto unseen and intimate view of Lincoln’s family life and his presidency.

The Cottage can be found in northwest Washington, D.C. sharing property with the Armed Forces Retirement Home and is adjacent to the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center.