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.
“The Discourse We All Need So Seriously”: An Evening of Reflection at the Lincoln Cottage
Callie Hawkins is the director of programming at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. A staff member since 2009, Callie is responsible for strengthening the organizations’ programmatic impact through the development of nationally recognized initiatives including tours, exhibits, student and teacher offerings, and programs for the general public. Callie has spearheaded projects that won national and international recognition, including awards from the American Association for State and Local History, American Alliance of Museums, and the 2016 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons for Students Opposing Slavery, a youth education program for high school students dedicated to raising awareness about modern slavery. Callie has a BA in English from Clemson University and an MA in American studies from the College of William and Mary.
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Callie Hawkins; “The Discourse We All Need So Seriously”: An Evening of Reflection at the Lincoln Cottage. The Public Historian 1 February 2018; 40 (1): 97–104. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2018.40.1.97
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