AAUW Trip on May 22, 2010

The Easton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) is sponsoring a bus trip to Lincoln’s Summer Cottage in Washington, DC and Custis-Lee Mansion in Arlington National Cemetery, on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home gives an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life.  It was designated a national monument by President Clinton in 2000 and was restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation at a cost of over $15 million.  The Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency and is deemed “the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency” beside the White House.  Lincoln used the cottage as a quiet retreat and crafted important speeches, letters and policies from this site.

Arlington House/Custis-Lee Mansion once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose wife, Mary Custis, a great-granddaughter of George Washington, inherited the home.  During the Civil War, union troops made the house their headquarters.  As the mansion is located within Arlington National Cemetery, visitors can either walk from the Visitor Center or join the Tourmobile Sightseeing Tour of the cemetery.

The bus will leave at 9:00 AM from Creamery Lane (at the Firehouse) and return by 5:00 PM.  Picnic tables are available at Lincoln’s Summer Cottage so bring lunch. The cost of $55.00 includes bus and admission tickets.

For information and reservations contact Lois Krum 410-673-7794 or leahrose@hughes.net.  Reservations close on May 13, 2010.

AAUW advances equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  Money raised from this trip will go toward the Easton Branch’s Mature Women’s Grant.