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FORD’S PRESENTS SPECIAL EXHIBITION: "TORN IN TWO: 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR"

DECEMBER 11, 2012-FEBRUARY 27, 2013

Exhibition features period maps, prints, political cartoons and other artifacts

Washington, D.C.—The Ford’s Theatre Society announced it will present a special exhibition about the American Civil War titled Torn in Two, December 11, 2012-February 27, 2013, in the second floor gallery at the Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW). Coinciding with the 150th commemoration of the Civil War and organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, this exhibition brings together period maps, prints, political cartoons and other artifacts to explore the causes and strategies of the conflict, how lives were affected and how the war is remembered.

The Torn in Two exhibition is divided into three major temporal sections. The initial section, Rising Tensions, examines the economic, social and political differences between North and South that led to war. Nation in Conflict focuses on the War itself—the strategies and how it was conducted as well as how those at home followed the War’s progress and contributed to the war effort. And the final section, Remembering Heroes, documents the nation’s attempts to commemorate the battles and honor the lives that were lost during the War.

Entry to Torn in Two is included as part of regular daytime visits to Ford’s Theatre. Advance tickets may be reserved at www.fords.org (Ticketmaster fees apply) or in person at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office (511 Tenth Street NW).
Torn in Two is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and generously supported by Sherry and Alan Leventhal.

Center for Education and Leadership Visits
Visitors to the Ford’s Theatre campus may visit the Center for Education and Leadership exhibits daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Final entry is at 5:30 p.m. Each visitor two years of age and older wishing to enter the site must present a timed entry ticket.

The Ford's Theatre Box Office opens at 8:30 a.m. for distribution of same-day, timed tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals are limited to six tickets per person for same-day tickets. Individual tickets are also available in advance for a $2.50 convenience fee through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster fees apply). Groups of 15 or more can reserve advance tickets by calling the Ford’s Theatre group sales office at (202) 638-2367 or by visiting www.fords.org to reserve tickets online through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster fees will apply).

Ford’s Theatre Society
One of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital, Ford’s Theatre reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated through a partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

The mission of Ford’s Theatre Society is to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists, arts institutions and arts patrons.

Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critics and the theatregoing public have recognized Ford’s Theatre Society for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape.

In 2006, the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. The new Center brings the values and ideals of Lincoln from the past into the present, examining Lincoln’s multi-faceted legacy through exhibits, workshops, seminars and speakers, as well as community outreach programs.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, created in 2004, is a nonprofit organization established as a public-private partnership between the Boston Public Library and philanthropist Norman Leventhal. Its mission is to use the Boston Public Library’s permanent collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases and a select group of rare maps collected by Norman Leventhal for the enjoyment and education of all through exhibitions, educational programs, teacher training and a website that includes thousands of digitized maps at maps.bpl.org. The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with a particular strength in maps and atlases of Boston, Massachusetts and New England.

**FACT SHEET**
Special Exhibition: Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

The American Civil War is one of the defining events in American history. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, Ford’s Theatre will present Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. This exhibition, created by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, takes a geographic and cartographic approach to exploring and illuminating the causes of the conflict, the conduct of the War and how the War was remembered in later years. It will showcase historic maps interwoven with photographs, prints, political cartoons, music and press of the period, largely from the Boston Public Library’s special collections.

DATES: December 11, 2012-February 27, 2013

LOCATION: The Center for Education and Leadership is located at 514 10th Street NW, between E and F streets.

TICKETS: Special exhibitions are included as part of regular daytime visit tickets to Ford’s Theatre. Patrons with tickets to a mainstage theatre performance may also visit the exhibits. Patrons with tickets to an evening performance can visit the Center exhibits beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Center remains open until 6:30 p.m. Matinee patrons can visit the Center’s exhibits before or after the performance.

PARKING:
Paid parking is available at several independent neighborhood garages: the 24-hour QuickPark at the Grand Hyatt (entrance on 10th Street between G and H Streets NW), the Central Parking Garage (entrance on 11th Street between E and F Streets NW), and the Atlantic Garage below Ford’s Theatre (at 511 10th Street, NW).

METRO:
Metro Center station (Red, Blue and Orange Lines) is two and one half blocks north of the theatre from the Eleventh Street exit. Gallery Pl-Chinatown station (Red, Yellow and Green Lines) is two and one half blocks north of the theatre from the G Street exit. For further information, call Metro at (202) 637-7000.

Tickets at www.fords.org and Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787
Information: (202) 347-4833 Groups: (202) 638-2367

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