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January 5, 2006

Elizabeth Brownstein to Discuss New Book on Lincoln on Feb. 7

Elizabeth Smith Brownstein will discuss her new book "Lincoln’s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency" at the Library of Congress at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

A book signing will follow the program, which is sponsored by the Humanities & Social Sciences Division and is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed.

Brownstein’s book focuses on Lincoln’s life at another residence, the Anderson Cottage, now known as the Lincoln Cottage, and the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home. President Clinton, on July 7, 2000, in remarks dedicating the President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument, said this Lincoln residence is the "most important as well as the least known Lincoln site in the … United States … where Lincoln lived and worked, where his son played and his wife found solace, where ideas took shape and his last, best hopes for America took flight." It is where Lincoln refined the text of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Cullom Davis, coeditor of "The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln," wrote "Only on occasion does the unceasing flow of new Lincoln titles yield a book of fresh insight and graceful prose. ‘Lincoln’s Other White House’ has that rare distinction. Elizabeth Brownstein vividly captures life at the Soldiers’ Home, where the Lincolns found relief from wartime and White House stress. More than an account of their summer residence, this book … offers lively vignettes and thoughtful assessments of the Union generals, cabinet officers, politicians and friends who visited him there."

Brownstein is a graduate of Wellesley College and the London School of Economics. She is a researcher, writer and producer of cultural documentaries and public affairs programs for both public and commercial television. She is also the author of "If This House Could Talk …: Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans."

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division provides reference service and collection development in the Main, Local History and Genealogy, and Microform reading rooms and sponsors lectures in the arts humanities and social sciences.

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PR 06-005
01/05/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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