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History Happy Hour - Beyond The White House Gates

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Beyond The White House Gates: An Inside Look into the Presidential Retreats and Homes that Influenced U.S. History

For over two centuries, U.S. presidents have found refuge from the daily pressures of the Oval Office at various residences throughout the nation. Often referred to as the summer or winter White House, these homes have afforded our nation’s commander-in-chief, much-needed reprieve from The White House.

From Jefferson’s Monticello to Lincoln’s Cottage, to Grant’s seaside community in Long Branch, NJ, to Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill, and Wilson’s Harlakenden House in Cornish, NH, to the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod, Lyndon Johnson’s “Texas White House”, and Nixon’s “La Casa Pacifica”, to Camp David and even the Willard Hotel, these are just a few of the residences that presidents retreated to throughout the years.

Join us for History Happy Hour: Beyond the White House Gates for a discussion on the presidential manors that influenced U.S. history, including a deep dive into Lincoln's Cottage and its impact on the political discourse on the Civil War, as well as Wilson’s time at Harlakenden House and its influence as he navigated the complexities of the Great War. We will also explore the history of the presidency and the Willard Hotel, shedding light on how the iconic property acquired its presidential nickname, “The Residence of Presidents”.


In Conversation with:

Erin Carlson Mast, CEO & Executive Director, President Lincoln's Cottage

Susan G. Gerning, Interim Executive Director, Director of Strategic Planning and Development, Woodrow Willson House



About History Happy Hour

Back by popular demand, History Happy Hour returns to the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. Held monthly, this two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while also providing attendees a hands-on class on the art of cocktail making. Led by Jim Hewes, a venerable mixologist and legendary bartender at The Willard’s iconic Round Robin Bar for over thirty years, and featuring rotating authors, journalists, and historians throughout Washington, D.C., History Happy Hour offers a mixology lesson “straight up” with history “served long”, a perfect pairing for cocktail aficionados and history buffs.

General Admission includes (3) cocktails and light appetizers.



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Jim Hewes is a venerable mixologist at the Round Robin Bar at the historic Willard InterContinental. Throughout his 30 years of working at the famed Round Robin Bar, Jim has established an internationally acclaimed reputation for not only his cocktails but for the history lessons he provides to patrons of the bar. “Jim Hewes is a walking DC History Channel and he makes a great Mint Julep,” says a frequent bar-goer. “Come for the drinks, stay for the history lesson.” Google Jim Hewes, Round Robin Bar, and nearly 11k search results appear. 90% of those search results speak to the famed mixologist that he is and the strong command of U.S. history that he possesses. A winner of DC Craft Bartender’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2017 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America, Jim has become as synonymous with the Round Robin Bar as the bar is with the Willard InterContinental.

Erin Carlson Mast is CEO and Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. She was a member of the original team leading to the Cottage’s grand opening in 2008. Since 2010, Mast has led the organization through growth, groundbreaking programming, and significant recognition, including a Presidential Medal and being named one of Washington, D.C.’s 50 Best Places to work and the Best Museum off the Mall. In 2016, she led the organization through its transition to an independent 501(c)(3). Mast has written for such publications as History News and The Public Historian and was a contributing author to Museums of Ideas: Commitment and Conflict. She was recognized with the EXCEL Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2017. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University and a BA in History from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College.

Susan G. Berning is the Director of Strategic Planning and Development Interim Executive Director at the Woodrow Wilson House.



About President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln’s Cottage is an historic site and museum located in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. President Lincoln’s Cottage first opened to the public in February 2008, after an eight-year capital restoration project under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

About the Woodrow Wilson House

The Woodrow Wilson House is a national historic landmark owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and house museum that focuses on President Wilson’s “Washington Years (1912-1924)”. The museum promotes a greater awareness of Wilson’s public life and ideals for future generations through guided tours, exhibition and educational programs. The museum also serves as a community preservation model and resource, dedicated to the stewardship and presentation of an authentic collection and property.



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