Civil War 150

April 2015 will mark 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination honors the life and legacy of our 16th President.

Programming includes:

The Widow Lincoln
Jan. 23-Feb. 22, 2015
Set in the 40 days following the Lincoln assassination, this play explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief of the maligned Mary Todd Lincoln. A world premiere! Written by James Still and directed by Stephen Rayne.


Second Inaugural Address Panel
March 4
On the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, join Ford’s Theatre and Washington National Cathedral for a free panel discussion, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, focusing on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.


Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
March 13-May 20, 2015
This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by those who lived through the Civil War. Written by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, with music by Frank Wildhorn. Directed by Jeff Calhoun and adapted by Richard Hellesen and Mark Ramont.


Lincoln Symposium
March 21
The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free symposium focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Noted authors and historians will discuss aspects of our 16th President’s leadership, his vision for reconstruction and the effect his assassination had on American society.


Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination
March 23-May 25, 2015
This hallmark exhibit will reunite—for the first time since April 1865—an extraordinary collection of artifacts that were in Ford’s Theatre or carried by Lincoln the night of the assassination. Included within the exhibition are the contents of Lincoln’s pockets and top hat; and much more.


Virtual Field Trip with Discovery Education
March 26
Ford’s Theatre partners 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 on March 26, 2015. 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. Classrooms across the country are invited to register and submit questions for experts from Ford’s Theatre to be answered live during the event. Discovery Education also will offer participating educators a collection of pre- and post-event classroom activities related to President Lincoln and his legacy.


The Road From Appomattox
April 9
A dramatic imagining of the meeting between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant on the day after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, The Road From Appomattox explores how two great and very different generals ended the war with mercy and the best interests of the country in mind.


The Lincoln Tribute
April 14-15, 2015
This around-the-clock event will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. During the day on April 14 and 15, Ford’s Theatre will present ranger talks, the one-act play One Destiny and panel discussions about the life, assassination and legacy of our 16th president. On the street outside, throughout the day and night, living historians will provide first-person accounts about the end of the Civil War, the experience of being inside the theatre at the moment of the assassination, medical reports from the Petersen House, and the impact of Lincoln’s life and death. Starting the evening of April 14, Ford’s will host Civil War living historians on Tenth Street to recreate the vigil for Abraham Lincoln. The public will be able to visit the Ford’s Theatre campus throughout the night. The morning of April 15, Ford’s will mark Abraham Lincoln’s death at 7:22 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony; church bells will toll across the city, just as they did in 1865. Tickets are required for entry to the Ford’s Theatre campus (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership).


Now He Belongs to the Ages
April 14
Luminaries of stage and screen will present a moving commemorative tribute to President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, 150 years to the day since his assassination. This evening event will includereadings of Lincoln’s words and stories, Civil War-era music, excerpts from Lincoln’s favorite theatre and operas, and more. The event seeks to remind us that we not only lost a president; we lost a man who treasured his family, his friends and his country with a love so strong it could hold the Union together.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour—Images of America: Ford’s Theatre
April 14 and 15
Join author and Ford’s Theatre Society board member Brian Anderson for a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford’s Theatre based on his book, Images of America: Ford’s Theatre.


Tour with James Swanson
April 15, 2015
Join James Swanson, author of Manhunt, for an intimate midnight tour of the historic Ford’s Theatre.


Virtual Field Trip Hangout
April 14
If you miss it live on March 26, the Ford’s Theatre Virtual Field Trip will be available for viewing on by April 13. Join the Education team on April 14 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for a live, online Q and A session.


One Destiny
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
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.


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