Within the Detroit Historical Society’s collection of more than 250,000 artifacts are several that provide glimpses into how Detroiters reacted to and mourned the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The Detroit Historical Society is pleased to contribute these items to the Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection.
Written in 1843, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol quickly gained popularity in England, and has never been out of print since. The story has proven to be a lasting tradition worldwide, including here at Ford's Theatre, where this Christmas classic has been presented for more than 35 years.
Here at Ford’s Theatre, the holidays have returned in full force. Our actors and crew are currently in rehearsal for the Ford’s Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol, our favorite holiday tradition.
Today Ford’s Theatre stages four theatrical productions a year; but this reintroduction of live shows is only a relatively recent development. On January 30, 1968, performers appeared on stage for the first time since the night of Lincoln’s assassination.
Wally Hames, a teacher at Kuna Middle School in Kuna, Idaho, is in his third year as a Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellow. Here he reflects on attending a weekend retreat with his fellow Fellows in early September.
Set during the six weeks following the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln, The Widow Lincoln, portrays a very human Mary Lincoln as she mourns with the nation and comes to terms with yet another tremendous personal loss.