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Want to Do More Thinkin' About Lincoln?

PANORAMA: During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln often sought refuge from official Washington in a 36-room retreat on the grounds of Soldier's Home, an armed forces retirement community. A seven-year, $17 million restoration of the historic space known as President Lincoln's Cottage is now complete.

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Tours of the cottage are designed for groups of 10 to 15 people. Class visits are welcome.

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The educational staff has prepared two programs for students:

- Lincoln's Hat (grades 3-6) explores how Lincoln developed his ideas and put them in writing. The 90-minute program includes a writing exercise and a scavenger hunt in which students search for answers to a series of questions. Younger children will make their own stovepipe hats.

- Debating Emancipation (grades 5-12) is a two-hour program in which students assume the roles of Lincoln's advisers and debate his idea for freeing the slaves.

The cottage is located on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home (now known as the Armed Forces Retirement Home), at Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street in Northwest Washington. Tour reservations are recommended. Tours cost $5 for students, $12 for adults and $8 for those in pre-arranged groups. Special rates apply for class visits. For hours, directions and reservations, go to http://www.lincolncottage.org or call 202-829-0436.

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