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LINCOV_181104_08.JPG: Cottage Doors
Board and Batten
These doors, which are original to the Cottage's north entrance, were significantly altered over the nearly 140 years since the Lincolns last occupied the Cottage. The lancet arch, which was typical in Gothic Revival style architecture, was cut to allow the top portion of the door to remain stationary, while the lower part could be opened and closed. Additionally, approximately 8 inches were cut off the bottom of the door when the floor was raised in the Cottage vestibule.
Ghost lines reveal both the presence of a decorative hinge strap and that the current rim lock is smaller than the original vertical lock and was likely taken from another door in the house to replace the original lock.
Paint analysis performed on these doors shows that they originally were faux grained to approximate white oak.
Please handle doors gently.
LINCOV_181104_23.JPG: Cottage Doors
Board and Batten
Restoration and preservation are the preferred treatments of historic material at the Cottage. While much of the Cottage's architectural features and materials are original to the house, there are times when replacement of a material or feature is the more appropriate choice. After 163 years of consistent use and exposure to the elements, as well as significant structural alterations, the original front doors were stored for future research and new doors were constructed to match the size and details seen in Lincoln's time. Today, these doors provide an invitation to contemplate both what Lincoln was thinking as he turned its knob each night, and the doors we need to open to make this nation more perfect for all.
When you walk through the doors of President Lincoln's Cottage, you are entering a place where Abraham Lincoln wrestled with some of the most divisive issues of his time. We preserve this place not only to gaze on its beautiful features but to keep this home a beacon of hope and a reminder that our country was built on the premise that there still was work to do -- that we are constantly striving for a more perfect union.
Please handle doors gently.
LINCOV_181104_48.JPG: A Home for Brave Ideas
LINCOV_181104_51.JPG: "My thoughts. My solicitude for this great country follow me where ever I go."
"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing."
"It is for us, the living rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work."
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a Civil War Trust conference in Greenville, NC,
(May/June) anual American Battlefield Trust conference in Newport News, VA,
(July) my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con via Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,
(August) 2 two-day trips to New York City,
(September) an American Battlefield Trust dinner in Chicago, IL with on-route visits to Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, Saint Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH,
(October) another two-day trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con.
Number of photos taken this year: about 535,000.