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New Online Education Program Launches Today!

DEonlineToday, 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 Using letters and other historical documents students learn how they would advise the President on this controversial issue. 

To view the program go to: http://www.lincolncottage.org/schoolsandgroups/offcampus.htm

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 callie_hawkins@nthp.org.
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Technology, Web 2.0, & Historic Sites: Strategies for Engagement

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. 

Access the podcast of the session on the AASLH conference blog.

Read the full story and download the Q&A notes from the session on the Drayton Hall blog.

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Debating Emancipation Online Preview

DEonlineThe 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.

To get a sneak preview, go to the link: http://www.lincolncottage.org/lcstage/player.swf

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 callie_hawkins@nthp.org.

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Must See Lincoln Video: Appearing Tonight “Abraham Lincoln” on 21st Century Abe

If you’re in the mood for some Lincoln humor, this is a must see video from the 21st Century Abe website.

The video is slightly reminiscent of Bob Newhart’s Abe Lincoln versus Madison Avenue.

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New Online Lincoln Exhibition

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History just launched a new online exhibition called, “Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words.” 

The exhibition draws from numerous digitized documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.   This is a great resource to explore on your own or to use in the classroom. 

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/online/lincoln_words/

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Vote for Your Favorite Photo!

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!

Photo 1 (C) Catherine Weinraub

Photo 1 (C) Catherine Weinraub

Photo 2 (C) Les Ward

Photo 2 (C) Les Ward

Photo 3  (C) Russell J. Willard

Photo 3 (C) Russell J. Willard

Photo 4  (C) Russell J. Willard

Photo 4 (C) Russell J. Willard

Photo 5 (C) Louise G. Roy

Photo 5 (C) Louise G. Roy

Photo 6 (C) Thomas J. Herr

Photo 6 (C) Thomas J. Herr

Photo 7 (C) Larry Bouterie

Photo 7 (C) Larry Bouterie

Photo 8 (C) Patricia M. Benjamin

Photo 8 (C) Patricia M. Benjamin

Photo 9 (C) Patricia M. Benjamin

Photo 9 (C) Patricia M. Benjamin

Photo 10 (C) Erica Abbey

Photo 10 (C) Erica Abbey

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Finding Abe Lincoln, 21st Century Style

By Erin Carlson Mast

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.

http://www.21stcenturyabe.org/

And if you’re in the Philadelphia area, look into visiting the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

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

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