Today, on the anniversary of the issuing of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, President Lincoln’s Cottage launches their award-winning program, “Debating Emancipation,” in an online version.
“Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions: Debating Emancipation” is an interactive program that puts students in the role of Lincoln’s closest advisors. Using letters and other historical documents students learn how they would advise the President on this controversial issue.
This innovative program is currently offered as a school/adult program at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage and, thanks to a grant from the Motorola Foundation, is now available on LincolnCottage.org so that teachers around the country can use this program in their own classrooms.
To make a reservation for a school program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, please email Education Coordinator, Callie Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, Erin Carlson Mast, Curator of President Lincoln’s Cottage, presented on strategies for historic site blogging and other social media as part of a session on web 2.0 and new technology at historic sites at the American Association for State and Local History annual conference in Indianapolis last week. The session was organized by Craig Tuminaro, Director of Museum Interpretation at Drayton Hall, a sister National Trust Historic Site. The session looked at ways historic sites are using technology and social networking tools in innovative and productive ways (emphasis on productive). Kara Edie, Visitors Services and Marketing Coordinator at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum also presented on the panel. Each panelist shared experiences and thoughts on working with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and how their visitors– on-line and off– have interacted with their blogs and are learning more about their sites.
The award winning “Debating Emancipation” interactive program, available in the Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage, is being adapted for online use and will soon be available on our website. The official launch date is September 22, 2009.
During this editing and testing phase we want to know what you think. All of your comments, questions and suggestions will help us to create a flawless program for schools, groups and individuals worldwide!
To provide feedback, comments, and questions please email our Education Coordinator, Callie Hawkins, at email@example.com.
On April 25, 2009, President Lincoln’s Cottage held its first ever Photography Day, giving participants the rare chance to photograph the Cottage interior and a vista overlooking downtown Washington. Cottage staff selected 10 finalists from 49 entries. Entries were kept anonymous for staff voting only.
You select the winner!
Vote for your favorite photo by reviewing the entries below and using the voting tool at the bottom.
Voting ends Monday, May 25th.
Thanks to all the photographers who participated in the 2009 Photo Day and submitted entries for the 2009 Photo Contest!
President Lincoln’s Cottage staff members are big fans of the Rosenbach Museum & Library website, “21st Century Abe.” This website combines art, commentary, digital manuscripts, and opportunities to create your own Lincolniana, write as if you were a journalist in Lincoln’s time, or design a poster. There is something for every Lincoln fan on this website. We encourage you to visit this site and find your 21st century Abe.