On the evening after the 2016 presidential election, President Lincoln’s Cottage, a historic site and museum in Washington, DC, opened its doors for an Evening of Reflection. The Cottage has made a habit of rapidly responding to issues facing its community, and the event on November 9 would not have been possible, nor would it have been successful, if not for years of community building and public outreach through exhibits, programs, and online engagement. As a result, when community members needed a place to which to turn in a time of national division, they came to the Cottage.

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