Unguarded: An Interview with Playwright Jessica Dickey

In March 2014, Ford’s Theatre commissioned several playwrights to write scripts that could potentially serve as the Ford’s entry in the groundbreaking D.C.-area Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Involving more than 50 theatres, the festival’s goal is to present new works or new adaptations written by women. Of the plays submitted, Ford’s chose to produce The…

Seven Ways to Use Remembering Lincoln In the Classroom

Remembering Lincoln launched in March 2015 to bring a range of primary sources—letters, newspapers, diaries, mourning ribbons, photographs, lithographs, objects—that show how people in 1865 responded to the first-ever presidential assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln. Nine Teacher Representatives helped us develop the project, offering feedback and producing Teaching Modules that bring together sets of…

By the Numbers: A look back at Ford’s 150 [Infographic]

Five months ago, Ford’s Theatre Society and National Park Service staff honored the memory of Abraham Lincoln and marked 150 years since his untimely death. Ford’s 150 was a behemoth – a once-in-a-lifetime occasion that necessitated planning with Civil War enthusiasts, scholars, museums, group tour operators, performance artists, generous donors, media outlets and more. When…

Booth’s Deringer: Up Close with an Assassin’s Gun

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The deringer pistol that John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate Abraham Lincoln is one of the most memorable artifacts in the Ford’s Theatre Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination in spring 2015, the pistol was moved from its usual location to become a cornerstone of the Silent Witnesses exhibition across the street…

Photos from the Archives: Ford’s Many Theatres

Today, when I tell someone that I work at Ford’s Theatre, the person instantly knows where I mean: the venue made famous (or infamous) in 1865, when John Wilkes Booth murdered President Abraham Lincoln there. But before the assassination, if I’d told you that I worked at Ford’s Theatre, you might have asked, “Which one?”…

“The Guard” Awarded 2015 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award

Playwright Jessica Dickey and her world-premiere play, The Guard, are recipients of the National Theatre Conference’s 2015 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award—an annual award celebrating outstanding emerging playwrights. The Award will be presented at the National Theatre Conference’s December meeting in New York City. The Guard was commissioned by Ford’s Theatre Society as part of the…

The Littlest Lincoln Fans: Bringing Young Kids to Ford’s Theatre

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Students older than the third grade are our primary student visitors at Ford’s Theatre. But at least once a year, the Education Department has the opportunity to host a first- or second- grade class field trip to our site. It’s always so much fun to plan an experience for this age group. In fact, it’s…

Discovering Lincoln at the University of Florida

Editor’s Note: This month we take a look at primary sources from our Remembering Lincoln partners at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. Their Special and Area Studies Collections include historical and contemporary materials from and related to Florida, some that demonstrate how different individuals have remembered President Abraham Lincoln both in the…