Interview with Historian Kate Masur about the book "They Knew Lincoln"

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"They Knew Lincoln" by John E. Washington’s recounts the complex relationship between Lincoln and Washington’s African-American community. Kate Masur, a professor of history at Northwestern University, facilitated the reissue of the book for the first time since the original run in 1942. This edition includes a new introduction by Masur on John E. Washington and the Washington, D.C., he knew. Here, she offers a preview.

Adding Historical Voices to the Ford's Theatre Site: Prototyping Sprint 1, Round 2

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On December 19, 2017, visitors to the Ford’s campus heard from people who were witnesses to the Lincoln assassination events of 1865. Visitors found four iPads on music stands around the campus featuring audio of our staff members reading first-person accounts from five people from the time. Read about our second round of ideas testing for our latest prototyping project.

WERTENBAKER ROCKS: Reverent Irreverence

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How auspicious that Ford’s is hosting the American Premiere of Jefferson’s Garden, a major new play by British-American playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker. Hailed as an “exhilarating,” epic work about America’s Revolutionary War and slavery when it premiered on London’s West End in 2015, Jefferson’s Garden poses stakes even more potent and alive here in Washington, D.C., in 2018.

Presenting Historical Fiction at Historic Ford's Theatre

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At Ford’s Theatre, we often face an interesting dilemma when presenting plays and musicals that have ties to history. Because Ford’s is inextricably tied to our national history with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, many in expect any aspect of American history portrayed on our stage to be 100 percent truthful to the facts. Patrick Pearson discusses.