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Lincoln's Cottage Tour

March 7, 2011

Date: 03/07/2011 Location: Washington, DC Description: Washington Foreign Press Center Tour to Lincoln's Cottage - State Dept Image

March 7, 2011; Washington, DC.
Contact: Alison Mann, 202-504-6362; email:

As part of a continuing series commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Foreign Press Center accompanied international media from Norway, Romania, France, Spain, Italy, Korea, and Taiwan to President Lincoln’s Cottage, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.

Participants on the tour learned that the cottage had served as the Lincolns’ residence for over a quarter of his presidency. Tour attendees gained invaluable insight into Lincoln’s presidency, and the terrible toll the Civil War took upon the American people. The Director discussed on-going preservation efforts with the journalists, and several took the opportunity to do one-on-one interviews with the Curator of Education. Romanian Public Television produced a provocative five minute documentary, to be aired soon.

One journalist remarked, “I found the visit very interesting. I didn't know that Lincoln spent so much time there. For me was especially telling the fact that Lincoln had at sight every day a place where soldiers of the war were buried. And it is significant as well his daily contact with the people during his commuting between the cottage and the White House. I find useful visiting historic places, particularly these related with the Civil War now that we approach to the anniversary.”