Why Lincoln Matters: Honest Abe

One of the first things you may have learned about President Lincoln was that he was honest. To many kids, and even some adults, Abraham Lincoln remains “Honest Abe.” His honesty, humor and intelligence—these are just a few of the qualities that make him a source of inspiration for many Americans. When preparing for the…

A Room with a View on History: The Petersen House

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Every time I set foot in the house where Lincoln died I think about William T. Clark. In my work as the Associate Director of Museum Education at Ford’s, I get to spend a lot of time in that house and I often think about the man who had rented the back bedroom on the first floor of William Petersen’s boarding house on Tenth Street the week of Lincoln's assassination.

Mourning Lincoln in Sherman’s Savannah

Editor’s Note: The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to contribute items from its collection to the Remembering Lincoln digital collection (going live on March 18). The majority of items are clippings from its newspaper collection responding to President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Learn more about those clippings in the following guest post by Lynette Stoudt, Director of…

A Great Coat and a Great Tragedy: The Life of Lincoln’s Brooks Brothers Overcoat

From Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration to the upcoming exhibition, Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination, Lincoln’s custom-made great coat has journeyed from Ford’s Theatre and back again. Over the past 150 years, the Brooks Brothers coat has collected many stories. Find out more in this month’s Museum Feature. One Country, One Destiny. These powerfully…

Eight Ways You Can Honor Lincoln, 150 Years After His Death

April 14, 2015, will mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre. Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m. at the Petersen House, just across the street from the theatre, on April 15, 1865. In that moment, a nation lost a leader whose life and legacy changed the country forever. Today, the Ford’s Theatre…

Video: Playing Mary Lincoln

Actress Mary Bacon takes on the title role in the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln, a dramatization of the 40 grief-filled days Mary Lincoln spent isolated in the White House following the murder of her husband at Ford’s Theatre. Here, see Bacon discuss her experience portraying one of the most controversial First Ladies in…