Newsweek White House Correspondents Visit the Cottage

By Erin Carlson Mast

This afternoon Newsweek sponsored an event at President Lincoln’s Cottage for White House Correspondents in town for the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner, held tomorrow, April 26, 2008. 

The press group toured the Cottage, met with staff, and retired to the “Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions’ gallery where Evan Thomas, Newsweek Editor at Large and Presidential Historian, discussed presidential leadership, from Washington to Lincoln and up to the present, followed by his take on the leadership traits of the three leading candidates in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Lincoln’s leadership is one of the main topics discussed in exhibits and the tour at President Lincoln’s Cottage.  Here Lincoln made many decisions about the war and emancipation, and used the site as a place to meet with both allies and adversaries about his campaign for reelection in 1864, a campaign that looked doomed in August of 1864.

Ms. Erin Mast is Curator at President Lincoln’s Cottage.

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