A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Furnished with ideas, not objects

The Lincoln Cottage at the Old Soldiers Home was our stop for today. Callie, the head of education, explained that this was not your normal house. It was a house on the grounds of a convalescence facility even before the Civil War. Three miles from the Capitol, it was the residence for the Lincoln's for 18 of the 51 months they were in DC.
The restoration was only completed in 2008 and it's interpretation looked to not replicate the furnishings but emphasize the impact of the man. Hence the title.
The starkness helps you focus in Mr. Lincoln. At the end they asked us to reflect on "liberty." They asked us to complete postcards with what we though liberty was. The cards will be held for a week or two, then sent back to us as are minder of our time at Mr. Lincoln's cottage.

This is the diary of one of Lincoln's guards donated by a descendant of his from Wichita.

Three of our four hosts. Talia (Tudor Place), Callie (Lincoln's Cottage) and Jake (Ford's Theater). Sad that Braden from Douglass' home wasn't able to be there that day.

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