Director of Lincoln’s Cottage Puts an Apron on the 16th President — Erin Carlson Mast Gives a Talk at The Lyceum | News Release | City of Alexandria

The President In The Kitchen

Director of Lincoln’s Cottage puts an apron on the 16th President at The Lyceum, March 9

When Abraham Lincoln entered the White House he left behind the simple blue apron he put on when he helped Mary in their Springfield, IL kitchen.  Often overburdened with the weight of war, he sometimes had to be coaxed to eat.  The meals that Lincoln ate in the White house offer a personal perspective on the life of our 16th President.  What were the special dishes Mary requested to tempt his appetite?   What did a visitor think who walked in and found the President sitting alone, eating a plate of baked beans?  As telegraphs bearing the news came in to the Executive Office Building, how did he celebrate his reelection in 1864?


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Erin Carlson Mast is the CEO and Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage.  In this program, she discusses the book Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen, by Rae Katherine Eighmey.  Her talk allows you to pull up a chair at Lincoln’s table, sit beside him and son Tad at a soldiers’ campfire, and join the President on the porch as he enjoys his favorite food, the apple.

Rae Katherine Eighmey is an award-winning author with seven books exploring the intersection of food and history.  She has spent twenty-five years researching dishes from America’s past and exploring the stories that bring them to life, informing historical events and individuals.  Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen, published by Smithsonian Books, is her most recent title. She is currently researching and testing recipes for a book about Benjamin Franklin, also for Smithsonian.

Erin Carlson Mast joined the Lincoln’s Cottage team in 2003, during the capital restoration project, playing an integral role in developing the interpretation and experience for the 2008 grand opening.  Since becoming the Executive Director in 2010, Erin has led the organization through a phase of steady growth, groundbreaking scholarship and programming, significant press and awards recognition, including a Presidential Medal in 2016, and the creation of and transition to its own independent, 501(c)(3) organization.  Erin has written and contributed to pieces in such publications as History NewsForum JournalThe Public Historian and was a contributing author to Museums of Ideas: Commitment and Conflict (MuseumsEtc, 2011).  She received her MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and BA in History from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College in Athens, Ohio.

The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of The Lyceum.  Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance at The Lyceum or by going to shop.alexandriava.govreservations are strongly encouraged, as space is limited.  To learn more about the event and The Lyceum — Alexandria’s History Museum, visit alexandriava.gov/Lyceum.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Nicole.Quinn@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4554, Virginia Relay 711.

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