Category Archives: Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln Assassination Part 2

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Lincoln assassination Part 1

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Secrets of the Lincoln Memorial

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Best Lincoln Memorial photo tips

The best times to photograph the Lincoln Memorial are at night and early morning. Otherwise, the overhead sun leaves it looking flat and the evening sun is behind the Lincoln to provide a dark photo. Night photography can be easy, … Continue reading

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My favorite Lincoln photo – the weariness of war

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Ranking presidents 1-44

1. George Washington    Abraham Lincoln   Franklin D. Roosevelt  Theodore Roosevelt   Dwight D. Eisenhower Harry S. Truman          Lyndon B. Johnson      John F. Kennedy 10. Thomas Jefferson  James K. Polk              John Adams Ronald Reagan Ulysses S. Grant                      Bill Clinton       Barack Obama            … Continue reading

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Abe Lincoln’s dog – Fido

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Fort Lincoln Cemetery: Defending Washington during Civil War

    Two cannons rest amid earthworks in Fort Lincoln Cemetery just past the city’s eastern border, remnants of the Civil War defense. Ironically, they’re only a couple hundred yards from the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814 where the British … Continue reading

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Police and fire boxes gain new life

I’ll admit not knowing the following story until becoming a tour guide. Like a lot of statues, I’d walk by these call boxes never knowing they were once the lifeline of police and firemen. It’s not often I find superb … Continue reading

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Finally, an honest man in Judiciary Square

How many statues are there of Abraham Lincoln around town? That’s a good question. And, I don’t know the answer. What’s special about this one in front of the D.C. Court of Appeals (Lincoln was a lawyer, after all) is … Continue reading

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Lincoln Cottage still a great respite

I have a secret – I’d never been to the Lincoln Cottage before  taking a tour group. And it’s better than expected. Now I’ll leave the nuts and bolts to the website Lincolncottage.org. But a few things hit me during … Continue reading

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Lincoln at the National Cathedral

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Small places I love in town – Lincoln portraits

My favorite places aren’t the biggest attractions, but the smaller venues.The personal connections. It’s what makes travel fun. Maybe that’s why I like covering teams just as much on non-game days as the games themselves as a local sports writer … Continue reading

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Petersen House is a must stop for Lincoln fans

For many years, I’ve walked past Petersen House en route to Ford Theatre. I should have detoured across the street years earlier. President Abraham Lincoln died at Petersen House on April 14, 1865 after shot the night before at Ford’s … Continue reading

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Lincoln at Fort Lincoln Cemetery

Truly, this is one of the hidden gems of Washington. An Abraham Lincoln sculpture by renowned Lincoln scholar Andrew O’Connor sits in the middle of Fort Lincoln Cemetery about 100 yards from the District line. The 13-foot enduring bronze statue … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Lincoln Memorial

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The Cursed Lincoln?

Robert Todd Lincoln fascinates me. The only son of Abraham Lincoln (please tell me you know who he is) to live past 18 was called “The Cursed Lincoln.” Really? His father was assassinated and Robert’s the one who was cursed? … Continue reading

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Go on tour by yourself (with me)

No, I haven’t been drinking . . . lately. I’ve recorded three audio tours in conjunction with Voicemap.me. Voicemap combines GPS technology with the audio tour so when you come within 30 feet of the site the audio begins playing … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Ford’s Theatre

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Remembering Lincoln

It’s a Tweetup, a flash mob to remember Lincoln. Saturday morning saw a trickle grow to 20 people as a man with yellow tulips in one hand and a retriever’s leash in the other placed flowers on the stoop of … Continue reading

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