Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Special Exhibitions

The Center for Education and Leadership features a temporary exhibit space on the second floor. Upcoming exhibitions in the space include:

Not Alone: The Power of Response
Part of The Lincoln Legacy Project
September 10, 2013–December 8, 2013

Using as a catalyst a selection of the nearly 10,000 cards and letters that were sent to Judy and Dennis Shepard in the aftermath of their son Matthew’s murder, the exhibition considers the larger themes of empathy, community response and personal responsibility.

This exhibition is shown in conjunction with The Lincoln Legacy Project production of The Laramie Project, a deeply complex portrait of a community’s response to the 1998 hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student living in Laramie, Wyoming.

Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War
January 16–July 6, 2014

This exhibition explores how cutting-edge Civil War technological innovations captured the fascination of President Abraham Lincoln and impacted the conduct of the war.

Special exhibitions are included as part of regular daytime visit tickets to Ford’s Theatre. Please note: there will be occasions when the Center will be closed for special events.

View a list of past exhibitions.

Photo of Center for Education and Leadership exhibit by Maxwell MacKenzie.