By Erin Carlson Mast
President Lincoln’s Cottage is pleased to announce the launch of its Self-Guided Eco-Tour of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center! The Visitor Education Center received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification in April 2009. As part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s sustainability initiative, President Lincoln’s Cottage developed an exhibit panel, webpage, and a reusable self-guided tour brochure to provide visitors with comprehensive information about the features and rehabilitation work that led to LEED Gold certification.
The Eco-Tour brochure was designed to allow visitors to explore green features in the public spaces of the Visitor Education Center at their own pace during regular operating hours. Visitors may pick-up and return the reusable brochure in the Museum Store at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center.
In addition to the Eco-Tour available on site, visitors may take advantage of podcasts, articles, and download an online copy of the Self-Guided Eco-Tour brochure online via the President Lincoln’s Cottage website.The sustainable rehabilitation of the Visitor Education Center was made possible through the support of United Technologies Corporation. The exhibit panel and self-guided tour brochure were supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.