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.

Remaining programming includes:

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.


Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination
March 23-May 29, 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.



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.


Ford's 150 Brochure
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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:
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