Pat Krider is the Executive Director of the National First Ladies’ Library. She will join us at Ford’s Theatre following the February 3 performance of The Widow Lincoln to discuss the evolving role of the First Lady.
Since we last posted an update in July about the progress of the Remembering Lincoln digital project, we’ve been busy! So, for the sake of other institutions interested in undertaking a similar digital public history project, and for those who like to be in the loop, here’s an update.
The Widow Lincoln, commissioned by Ford’s Theatre as part of Ford’s 150, invites us to see First Lady Mary Lincoln in a new light. This last week, we interviewed The Widow Lincoln assistant director Carter Lowe about the artistic process and what audiences can expect from the show.
As we build the Remembering Lincoln digital collection, we are looking for contributions not just from institutions but from individuals. We know that a lot of people have diaries, letters, newspapers and other primary sources from their ancestors, and that also many private collectors out there have relevant items.
James Still’s engaging play The Widow Lincoln tells the absorbing tale of Mary Lincoln’s interior world as she lay in bed during this period. We have little direct historical evidence of what she thought, but Still has presented us with a believable, far more sympathetic figure than many depictions of Mary Lincoln.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln often visited Union Army hospitals throughout the year and at the holidays? Inspired by Lincoln’s legacy of giving and the messages of charity in A Christmas Carol, Ford’s Theatre likes to give back to our local community.
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?
Today, we associate the name John Wilkes Booth with Ford’s Theatre because he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln there on April 14, 1865. But playbills with Booth’s name on them are reminders that he was already associated with the theatre.