Civil War 150
April 2015 marked 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination honored the life and legacy of our 16th President.
On April 14 and 15, the streets were filled with costumed interpreters and reenactors recreating the sights and emotions of April 1865. Thousands joined us for 36 hours of continuous programming. On the evening of April 14, we streamed a special commemorative performance live from Ford’s Theatre. Following the performance, 4,000 people filled Tenth Street for a candlelight vigil. On April 15, we marked the time of Lincoln’s death with a wreath-laying ceremony and bells tolling across the city.
You can watch highlights from these events in the video above.
Ongoing programming includes:
Virtual Field Trip with Discovery Education
Ford’s Theatre partnered with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms nationwide, to take students on an interactive virtual field trip to the national historic landmark and working theatre. This unique learning experience gives students an exclusive opportunity to tour the historic site, explore the leadership and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, and learn the story of the president’s assassination and its impact on American history. The archive of the event is available online as well as a collection of pre- and post-event classroom activities related to President Lincoln and his legacy.
Offered Spring and Summer
Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? This 35-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night.
History on Foot: Detective McDevitt
Offered March through October
On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30, frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt on a walking tour of downtown Washington as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy.
Remembering Lincoln is an online project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. It is the place to discover the reactions of people who lived through the president’s murder and its aftermath. Ford’s Theatre and a range of partner institutions are working together to collect, digitize and share local responses (newspapers, letters, diaries, photos, objects) from the 13 months following the assassination. Remembering Lincoln will serve as a resource for students, teachers, scholars, enthusiasts and everyone else to connect with this important event.
Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination presented by
Additional support provided by AT&T, BP America, The Home Depot, General Dynamics, Siemens Corporation and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation
Presented in Partnership with the National Park Service.
Ford’s 150 Official Media Partner: The Washington Post