Southern Fear and the Lincoln Assassination in Montgomery, Alabama

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Once the capital of the Confederacy, for four brief months in 1861, Montgomery, Alabama, had become politically and militarily insignificant by the end of the Civil War. When Union troops commanded by Major General James H. Wilson reached the city on April 12, 1865, war-weary Montgomerians agreed to surrender in order to spare the city from destruction. While the soldiers destroyed the railroad and supplies valuable to continuing the war effort, they left the rest of Montgomery intact.

Ford’s Theatre Society Receives the CILC Pinnacle Award

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Honorable Mention for the highest award in educational interactive videoconferencing has been presented to Ford’s Theatre Society for its Investigation: Detective McDevitt distance-learning program. The CILC Pinnacle Award is given annually, by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators.

Video Interview: Daisy Director Jennifer L. Nelson

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Director Jennifer L. Nelson returns to the Ford’s Theatre for the first time since 2012 to direct this season’s production of Driving Miss Daisy. Jennifer sat down with us to talk about the unlikely relationship that evolves between an older Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Watch our exclusive…

Don’t Shoot!: The Journey of Booth’s Deringer Pistol

Numerous lithographs, engravings and other depictions of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln came out soon after the event (not to mention in the 149 years since). But the limits of technology of the time meant that no photographs exist of John Wilkes Booth committing the act.  (If it happened today, we most likely would…

Presidential Brass Knuckles: Lincoln Sneaks into Washington

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The fact that the Ford’s Theatre Museum has several weapons on display should not be surprising. After all, it’s a site where a presidential assassination took place. What is perhaps surprising is that some of the weapons aren’t associated with the “main event” for which Ford’s Theatre is famous: John Wilkes Booth’s successful plot …

Video: 2014-2015 Season Preview

Ford’s Theatre is excited to begin its 2014-2015 season. The season will include main stage productions of Driving Miss Daisy, the return of Edward Gero as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln by James Still, and the new musical Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. During the spring of 2015, Ford’s honors Abraham Lincoln and…

Cleveland, Ohio, and Lincoln’s Assassination and Funeral

This is the first in a series of posts by Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection partner institutions, discussing the items they are contributing to the project and the impact of the Lincoln assassination in their localities. Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 1865. The telegraph carried news of the President’s death almost…

Announcing Our New NEH-Funded Landmarks Teacher Workshop

We’re pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Ford’s Theatre a Landmarks of American History and Culture grant for a new week-long teacher workshop, to be offered twice in July 2015! Tentatively titled “The Seat of War and Peace: The Lincoln Assassination and Its Legacy in the Nation’s Capital,” this…