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      'Democratic Vistas' - Lincoln & Whitman Themed Tour at President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington


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      May 25, 2019

      Saturday   5:00 PM

      140 Rock Creek Church Road Northwest
      Washington, District of Columbia 20011

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      'Democratic Vistas' - Lincoln & Whitman Themed Tour at President Lincoln's Cottage

      As part of the Walt Whitman 200 Festival, President Lincoln’s Cottage is hosting a unique Walt Whitman and Lincoln themed tour. For this one evening, President Lincoln’s Cottage staff will collaborate with author and historian Garrett Peck to provide historical content and poetry that bridge both Whitman and Lincoln’s time in Civil War Washington. Throughout the experience, visitors will explore Whitman and Lincoln’s shared values related to democratic ideals, the preservation of the Union and the greatness of the common man. The intimate evening tour through the Cottage will use interactive multimedia, traditional storytelling methods, and dialogue to bring President Lincoln and Walt Whitman to life.  About:  Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 Tour Time(s): 5pm & 7:30pm Tour Length: 1.5 hours  Admission*: $30 per guest *Admission includes a glass of wine or beer Purchase Garrett Peck's Walt Whitman in Washington, DC: The Civil War and America's Great Poet with your ticket and receive 10% off!  Historical Overview: During the summers of 1862, 1863, and 1864, President Lincoln lived in a Cottage located three miles north of the White House on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, which was a retirement home for U.S. veterans. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women, and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo. A few years after Lincoln moved to Washington, Walt Whitman took residency in Washington, DC while searching for his brother George who was wounded in the fighting near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The poet spent the next ten years of his life here in the District, working in hospitals and writing. He even fostered a passing relationship with President Lincoln. Passing by Whitman’s house during his daily commute to and from the Soldiers’ Home during the summer months, the two exchanged greetings. Recording his impressions of the President, Whitman wrote: “I see the President almost every day, as I happen to live where he passes to or from his lodgings out of town. He never sleeps at the White House during the hot season, but has quarters at a healthy location some three miles north of the city, the Soldier’s Home, a United States military establishment…I see very plainly Abraham Lincoln’s dark brown face, with the deep-cut lines, the eyes, always to me with a deep latent sadness in the expression. We have got so that we exchange bows, and very cordial ones. Sometimes the President goes and comes in an open barouche…He bowed and smiled, but far below his smile I noticed well the expression I have alluded to. None of the artists or pictures has caught the deep, though subtle and indirect, expression of this man’s face. There is something else there.”

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