Doc how was it ? Of course tonight I was not in the room of the hotel to see it. I watched the introduction with the man who wrote the history of the White House and it was quite good. Would have loved to see the Lincoln White House presentation. Was there any new information that was surprising ?
I caught the last 15 minutes, which was basically just H. Holzer taking phone questions. Kudo's to Laura Bush however, who seems to have done stellar work in reconstituting the Lincoln Bedroom to it's period look.
By the way, very good website on Lincoln's White House:
Especially enjoyed the segment on Lincoln's get away home, the soldiers home. Didn't realize it was so close to the White House. Will add it to my have to see list for my frequent trips into DC. Tried numerous times to call in, wanted to ask Holzer what he thought of Lincoln's relationship with Joshua Speed, but couldn't get through.
One of the field trips we made during the Civil War Institute last year was to the Lincoln Cottage. Fascinating.
We made a trip there two years ago while the place was being renovated (and we couldn't get in, but only look through the windows). Then, last year, we went again just a month or two after the place was opened.
It's sparsely furnished, but in one or two rooms there are sections showing original plaster and lath work.
The cottage is situated on a hill, which is the reason the Lincolns (and several other presidents) used it to escape the humid Washington DC summers. There is national cemetery a block or two away, which Lincoln roamed, in contemplation by the deaths of soldiers.
The cottage, incidentally, is just a short ride from Fort Stevens, another landmark worth considering, even if it is now reduced to one city block.