New York Times Reviews Lincoln Cottage at Old Soldiers Home

Thanks to a reader for alerting me to this article in the New York Times about Lincoln’s Summer retreat in the Old Soldier’s Home. An excerpt:

“Right now the cottage distills the strengths and weaknesses of the house museum. Its power is the power of association, its contact with a historical presence; we literally walk in a great figure’s footsteps. But everything else must be filled in with imagination and scholarship, with objects and anecdote. I don’t think, in the long run, the visitors’ center and guided tours will suffice; the museum plans a research institute that may end up amplifying the offerings.”

So do you think the opening on Feb. 19th will be a big draw for tourists?

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  • Probably not…..I’m sure its hard to get toursits off the Mall and out of downtown to come see an old house in the middle of Petworth. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  • Next year is the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. There will be a LOT of promotions going on around that. I expect that the cottage will be a big draw.

    Personally, I’m really looking forward to finally getting in there to see the place.

  • I would not mind being invited to the opening — Feb 19 is this Tuesday, eh?

  • I wonder if we will be able to tramp around the rest of the AFRH. I got in there two years ago with my Dad on his military ID. It has some of the best views of the city! Really nice.

  • Steve- how did you work that?? My husband is active duty and they wouldn’t let us in to look around… Perhaps I should try again, and tell the guards I am doing pre-planning trip, scouting out places where I can put him when he becomes no longer useful to me….

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