• September 2014

Grateful American™ Foundation Launches Newsletter; 1st Issue: Lincoln's Home-Away-From-Home

Presidential vacations may be controversial today, but taking time away from the White House is nothing new.

In an e-newsletter debuting this month from the Grateful American™ Foundation, readers visit Lincoln’s Cottage, where the 16th president spent more than a quarter of the time he was in office.

“Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home is where President Lincoln made some of his most important decisions during the Civil War, and also where he found time to play checkers with soldiers and his son Tad,” explains Lincoln’s Cottage Executive Director Erin Carlson Mast, who shares insights in the newsletter, and in the first episode of the Grateful American™ TV Show.

“Scholars have called Lincoln’s Cottage ‘the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation’ because he created that document during his first summer living here,” shares Mast. “This place is steeped in history, but we have only been open to the public since 2008. We’re old, but we’re new.”

Also in this issue:

  • Fascinating Facts: Each issue of the newsletter will provide interesting facts that you might not know about the president, including tidbits about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, whose strong personality was sometimes helpful, but often detrimental to Lincoln’s political career.

  • This Month in History: In this article you’ll learn about the events that made history. Our July-August issue includes an interview with history professor Adam Goodheart, whose book, 1861, gives us a better idea of what life was like during the Civil War. Goodheart explains: “About eight years ago, I took one of my classes to one of the old plantation houses, a place that had been in the same family since the 1600s. And as we roamed through this old brick house, we found in the attic some old steamer trunks that were stuffed with family papers. And in this treasure trove, we found a bundle of letters from the spring of 1861—letters written by a man who had lived on this plantation. The letters were tied in a bundle with a silk ribbon that clearly hadn’t been undone since the 19th century. As we read the letters, we found that he was trying to figure out what it all meant as the country fell apart, as the South seceded, as the leaders of Maryland were deciding to be a Union state or a Confederate state. It was clear to me right then that I wanted to write a book about it.”

  • Tips From Teachers: Each issue will also highlight tips from some of the nation’s History Teachers of the Year, courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This month’s spotlight is on former First Lady Laura Bush, who in June received the Institute’s Champion of History award for her decades of advocacy on behalf of literacy and education in schools and libraries. Read more here.

  • How are you a Grateful American? Last but not least, the newsletter concludes with a quote from one of the respondents to our national survey asking, How are you a Grateful American? In this issue, Hilary Malson, the marketing and membership coordinator at President Lincoln’s Cottage, shares: “As an American, I am deeply grateful for our legal system. It enables ordinary citizens to change the world in extraordinary ways. African-American families like my own understand the historic legacy of discrimination all too well, but by challenging discriminatory laws, breaking segregation barriers in public education, and organizing activists on a grassroots level, African-Americans have been able to use the American justice system to allow more citizens to live with dignity.” Click here to find out how to share with us your thoughts on being a Grateful American.

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About the Grateful American™ Series

The Grateful American™ Series is an interactive, multimedia educational project created by the Grateful American™ Foundation. The brainchild of DC-based author and publisher David Bruce Smith, it is designed to restore enthusiasm in American history for kids and adults.

Its website, which launched on July 4, 2014, is updated each month with articles, radio podcasts, and TV episodes featuring interviews with the directors of popular presidential and historic homes, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Madison’s Montpelier, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

The Grateful American™ TV Show is hosted by Smith and series executive producer Hope Katz Gibbs, president of the Inkandescent Publishing Company and Inkandescent Public Relations.

“As we move forward as a nation, it’s important to look back and learn from the legacy of those great Americans who came before us,” says Smith.

Click here for more information: GratefulAmericanFoundation.com.

About Inkandescent Public Relations

Inkandescent Public Relations is a full-service PR, marketing, publishing, and website design firm that helps entrepreneurs get more visibility.

Since 2001, founder and journalist Hope Katz Gibbs has promoted hundreds of entrepreneurs, start-ups, educators, authors, artists, and restaurateurs—and helped them come up with successful strategies to grow their businesses.

Gibbs new book, “PR Rules: The Playbook—The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Supersizing Your Small Business,” is available from www.PRRulesPlaybook.com.

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