A Civil War Christmas

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John T. Ford first opened a theatre at the current Ford’s Theatre site in 1861, around the beginning of the Civil War. What was Christmas like during the bloodiest war in American history? 

From the Archives: Ford’s Theatre in Diorama

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How do you show people what was once in a space without carrying out a full restoration? The photo above, from our book Images of America: Ford’s Theatre, shows a diorama that the National Park Service devised when the interior of Ford’s was a museum bearing no resemblance to its previous identity as a theatre.