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President Lincoln's Cottage: A Retreat--
Supplementary Resources

President Lincoln’s Cottage: A Retreat teaches students about President Abraham Lincoln’s public and private activities during the Civil War, focusing especially on the importance of his family’s retreat at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home
Visit the website for President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home for more information about the history of the cottage and the Lincoln presidency, as well as current efforts to preserve and restore the building for the public. They have a great blog that is constantly updated with useful Lincoln websites and news.

The Historical Society of Washington, DC
Founded in 1894, the Historical Society of Washington, DC houses many collections of books, pamphlets, photographs, maps, prints, archives, and manuscripts related to the history of the city. Scholars may conduct online research or visit the Kiplinger Research Library.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress’ American Memory website includes Abraham Lincoln’s papers, Civil War photographs, sheet music about President Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War, and more.

National Archives--The Emancipation Proclamation and The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers thousands of documents related to the political and social history of the United States.

Mr. Lincoln’s White House
The Mr. Lincoln's White House website is presented by the Lincoln Institute and offers in-depth information on Lincoln, his family, his Cabinet, people he met with, and his White House staff.

Washington, DC: The American Experience
Washington, DC: The American Experience offers information about visiting Washington, DC and contains numerous maps of the city and surrounding area. Most of the maps are interactive and easy to browse. The map of downtown Washington is especially useful.

National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries
Online National Park Service Travel Itineraries are great sources of information on a variety of places listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The itineraries on Washington, DC, American Presidents and Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served are especially relevant to this lesson.

New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry: The Walt Whitman House
Visit the Walt Whitman House website to discover more information about Walt Whitman. This site offers historical background information on Whitman, teaching resources, and links for students. The site also contains a link to more of Whitman’s poetry.

Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence
Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence provides an overview of Dr. Peter Burke’s Eyewitnessing method. An analysis of visual interpretation, this book studies the role of images as historical evidence.

For Further Reading
There are two books that focus specifically on Lincoln’s time at the Cottage: Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home by Matthew Pinsker (2003) and Lincoln’s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency by and Elizabeth Smith Brownstein (2005).


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