President Lincoln’s Cottage to Display Emancipation Proclamation in Petworth

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From a press release:

President Lincoln’s Cottage will be the first public venue to display a rare, signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation recently purchased by David M. Rubenstein. The historic document will be displayed in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage from September 22nd, 2012, the date Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, through the end of February 2013.

“Lincoln Cottage was where much of the Emancipation Proclamation was drafted and reflected upon
by President Lincoln, and it thus now seems among the most fitting places for this historic document
to be displayed to the public. I am pleased and honored to help make this possible,” Rubenstein said.
“We are extremely grateful to David M. Rubenstein for lending us the Emancipation Proclamation
for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln first issuing it to the public.” said Erin Carlson Mast, Director
of President Lincoln’s Cottage. “The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the foremost symbols
of freedom in our nation’s history. By viewing this rare copy of the proclamation at the very site
where Lincoln thought through these nation-changing ideas, visitors will be able to gain a deeper
understanding of the global and cultural importance of what took place at President Lincoln’s

President Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation while living at the Cottage in the summer
of 1862, making it the authentic place for understanding Lincoln’s ideas on slavery and emancipation.
President Lincoln’s Cottage, the “cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” is offering programs,
special tours, and events in partnership with national organizations to commemorate the 150th
anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

President Lincoln’s Cottage, located in northwest Washington, D.C., is a site of the National Trust
for Historic Preservation. President Clinton declared the site a National Monument in 2000 and it
opened to the public for the first time in 2008, providing Americans with unparalleled insight into the
Emancipation Proclamation and Abraham Lincoln’s visionary leadership. Through innovative guided
tours, forward-thinking exhibits and quality educational programs, over 100,000 visitors have engaged
in conversations on freedom, experienced a personal transformation in how they view our shared
past, and reconsidered their role in our democracy today. Hours of operation: Tours on the hour,
7 days a week. Visitor Center open 9:30am-4:30pm Mon-Sat, 10:30am-4:30pm Sunday. For more
information on President Lincoln’s Cottage, visit:

4 Comment

  • orderedchaos

    So cool. Lincoln Cottage is already a great place to visit — particularly for a quiet change of pace if you have guests who are a bit burned out on the crowds at The Mall. Adding the Emancipation Proclamation to the mix makes it even better.

    • bfinpetworth

      I agree, it is a great place to have a quiet, enlightening visit. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the insights into Lincoln’s state of mind during the war years in the cottage. The Emancipation Proclamation will be a great addition. Maybe it can even become a permanent part of the exhibit.

  • This a big score for the Lincoln Cottage. Totally deserves it, just happy it is actually happening. Should bring attention to an oft-overlooked site.

  • While you’re there, check out the one-room exhibit Polaris Project did on modern slavery – human trafficking, the sex trade, forced labor, etc. to mark the 150th anniversary. Good job Lincoln Cottage for raising awareness!

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