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?