President’s Day Tribute

Dear Coalition Friends:

On this President’s Day we offer you a few ideas for boning up on your historical knowledge and
understanding.

About the Lincoln Memorial: Public Radio’s Studio 360 “American Icons” series broadcast last week a program about the Lincoln Memorial that you can listen to on podcast. The quote that advertises the show gives the flavor of the conversation: “The Lincoln Memorial is symbolic of America’s promise. It is symbolic of America’s vision, but it’s also symbolic of America’s contradictions and complexity.” — Prof. James Horton.

You can visit in person or virtually Presidential homes in the Washington area:

Washington – Mount Vernon – http://www.mountvernon.org/
Jefferson – Monticello – http://www.monticello.org/
Madison – Montepelier – http://www.montpelier.org/
Lincoln – Lincoln Cottage – http://www.lincolncottage.org/index.htm
Wilson – Woodrow Wilson House – http://www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org/

The Lincoln Cottage at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC opens
to the public tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19th. The newly restored Lincoln Cottage was the First Family’s seasonal retreat from 1862 to 1864. Two articles, in The Washington Post and The New York Times, tell of its importance and of the role of The National Trust for Historic Preservation in saving it from ruin and restoring it “as the premier historic site for public education about Lincoln’s presidency”:

His Home Away From Home
Friday, February 15, 2008

Where Lincoln Sought Refuge in His Dark Hours
February 14, 2008
By Edward Rothstein

 

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