Where Lincoln Walked: Tour with John O'Brien
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Where Lincoln Walked: Tour with John O'Brien

Lafayette Square has been visited by more historic figures than any other neighborhood in America. This tour recreates the Civil War neighborhood as Lincoln knew it. Many of the stories we warmly associate with Lincoln occurred in this area. But, the locations of the buildings where these incidents took place have been forgotten. Guild member John O’Brien has done the research to find these sites that Abraham Lincoln visited during his time in the White House.

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Andrew Jackson Statue, Lafayette Square
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Chris Bauer

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Beginning in 1816, the Lafayette Square community has attracted social and political elites who wanted to be close to the seat of executive power, the White House. No other president ever made better use of the proximity to prominent people and government officers than Abraham Lincoln. Disregarding all protocol, Lincoln often struck out on foot in search of people with the information he needed to better manage the war effort. If, during a meeting at the White House, a question arose regarding someone not in the room, the interviewer would likely find himself trying to keep up as the president grabbed his hat and strode out the door, saying, “let’s go talk to him.”  Many government and military officials lived or worked within a few blocks of the Executive Mansion. Lincoln knew where to find them. 

This tour will cover an area around Lafayette Square from 14th to 18th streets. It will start at the Andrew Jackson statue in the park, cover about one mile, from 14th to 18th streets, and end near the Metro Center Station at 13th & F.           

John O'Brien has developed his expertise over several years studying archived diaries, newspapers, and personal correspondence. O’Brien has published in history journals, served as consultant for book authors, and has made presentations at academic and professional conferences. He has produced a walking tour map, Lincoln in Washington, 1861-1865, that identifies the locations and tells the stories of 60 sites he has confirmed.

Cost of tour is $10. Members who register in advance and attend the tour will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).