WE DID IT!
February 01, 2017
BENEFITING: PRESIDENT LINCOLNS COTTAGE AT THE SOLDIERS HOME
The main floor of President Lincoln's Cottage features cocoa matting in the drawing room and the library. Since opening to the public in 2008, over 250,000 visitors have walked these floors for tours, school programs, public events, and more. Because of this, the current matting, installed in 2008, now requires replacement.
In researching a replacement, we are faced with two priorities. The first is to serve the preservation of the historic interior well: the effect must be that of the Lincolns' time. The second is a deeply seeded philosophy of the organization: where possible, we prioritize ethical sourcing of materials and products.
In collaboration with student leaders from Students Opposing Slavery, a program of President Lincoln's Cottage, and with the support of GoodWeave, an organization that seeks to stop child labor in the carpet industry, we seek to raise the necessary funds to replace the floor covering in the Cottage with a certified slavery-free option.
This is critical to our interpretation of the Cottage as a "home for brave ideas," placing the importance of the sourcing of the floor covering at the level of importance of historical accuracy. By prioritizing the sourcing of the floor covering, we are not only preserving the historic space - we are preserving President Lincoln's very brave ideas for the world today.
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Video made available courtesy of GoodWeave.