Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Friday, May 22, and Sunday, May 31. In addition, Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, the museum and theatre will be closed to the public, while the Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership will remain open.
FORD'S THEATRE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE CLOSED BY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Ford’s Theatre Confirms Performances of The Laramie Project Through Oct. 19
If the government shutdown continues, Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) has confirmed it can perform The Laramie Project at First Congregational United Church of Christ through October 19. The church is located just one block from Ford’s Theatre at 945 G St. NW. All remaining tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Ford's Theatre Box Office or online.
Please note: The October 13 matinee is canceled. The reading of Ten Years Later on October 20 is canceled.
Ford’s Theatre is operated through a public-private partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service. Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and we do not use any federal funding or federal employees for our programming. Because of the government shutdown, Ford’s Theatre Society is not able to access the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site for its performances of The Laramie Project.
What Other Programming Continues?
Our October 15 12:30 p.m. discussion, What Would Lincoln Do?, will move to First Congregational (945 G st. NW) if the shutdown continues. This panel offers a wide-ranging discussion of ways that modern policymakers have sometimes tried to “channel” Abraham Lincoln’s example in formulating and selling their policies. Panelists include: Moderator Matthew Pinsker (author, Lincoln's Sanctuary); Michael Lind (author, What Lincoln Believed); Richard Norton Smith (former founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum); Craig Symonds (Lincoln Prize-winning author, Lincoln and His Admirals); James Swanson (Manhunt).
Our walking tour, Investigation: Detective McDevitt, will continue. This walking tour of downtown D.C. is led by an actor portraying Detective James McDevitt, who was on duty the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy.
The Center for Education and Leadership, which is owned and operated by the Society, will stay open for daytime visits from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Center includes two floors of permanent exhibits about Lincoln's assassination and legacy. It also includes one floor of temporary exhibits, currently showing Not Alone: The Power of Response. Not Alone features a selection of letters sent to Matthew Shepard’s family in order to explore the themes of empathy, community response and personal responsibility. It is presented in conjunction with the FTS production of The Laramie Project.
What is Canceled?
The historic site (Ford’s Theatre, Museum and Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visits and the National Park Service Ranger programs are canceled as long as the shutdown is in effect. When the site is allowed to reopen, daytime visits will resume as scheduled.