It's Lincoln's 200th anniversary of his birth. Here are some events you won't want to miss if you are visiting DC:
* Smithsonian American Art Museumís The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincolnís Inaugural Ball, which showcases invitations, copies of the dinner menu that spurred an infamous food fight and illustrations from the legendary party that took place within the building. (on view through Jan. 18, 2010).
* The National Portrait Galleryís One Life: The Mask of Lincoln, which draws upon the museumís collection of Lincoln portraits to show how the president used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans. (Nov. 7, 2008-July 5, 2009).
* The Historical Society of Washington, DCís Portraying Lincoln: Man of Many Faces, with more than 100 works of art from 90 artists offering their own interpretations of Lincolnís life and legacy. (Feb. 11-Nov. 8, 2009)
* The Library of Congressí With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Bicentennial Exhibition, the official national bicentennial exhibition, which draws from the Libraryís extensive collections and incorporates audio-visual listening stations to give visitors a deeper understanding of how Lincolnís decisions and words continue to resonate today. (Feb. 12-May 9, 2009).
* The National Museum of American Historyís Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life, a fascinating exhibition of more than 60 historical treasures drawn from the Smithsonianís Lincoln collection. (Jan. 16, 2009- Jan. 2011).
* President Lincolnís Cottageís My Lincoln, which explores the presidentís legacy through the eyes of his most enthusiastic admirers whoíve amassed extensive private Lincoln collections of their own. (Feb. 12-Dec. 31, 2009).
* The National Museum of Health & Medicineís Abraham Lincoln: The Final Casualty of the War, a look at Lincolnís final hours and the physicians who tended to him, with artifacts including the bullet that ended his life and a drawing of his deathbed scene. (Feb. 13-TBD).
This is fabulous stuff for history buffs!
See you later for more on DC!