The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits) will be closed on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Historic Milestones: “One Destiny” hits 1,000!

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On Friday, June 10, 2016, our one-act play One Destiny celebrates an incredible milestone: 1,000 performances! This two-character story, which premiered in spring 2007 at Ford’s, is set at Ford’s Theatre itself shortly after the Lincoln assassination. One Destiny revisits the events of April 14, 1865, from the point of view of Harry Ford, one…

Clara Barton and the Lincoln Assassination

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Editor’s Note: In this post, Amelia Grabowski, Education and Digital Outreach Specialist at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, shares insights about pages from the diary of Clara Barton. Learn more about the diary’s historical context below, and view the pages in our Remembering Lincoln collection.…

Cartes de Visite: Understanding the First Social Media Craze

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Long before Snapchat and Instagram, cartes de visite (“CDVs”) were the latest trend in image-sharing social media. And, at the time, they were considered just as high tech as Snapchat and Instagram are today. Because of the popularity of cartes de visite in the 1860s, they remain a popular collector’s item today. Ford’s Theatre Society…

Instagram Highlights: Go Backstage With “110 in the Shade” Cast

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Given how much the cast of our spring musical 110 in the Shade loves Instagram, we asked them to share their favorite behind-the-scenes moments with the world through the official @fordstheatre Instagram. Check out some of our favorite posts so far! Best Carpool Sing-Along: Fun fact: @tracylynnolivera @greg_maheu @missbridgetriley and @mariaegler CARPOOL TO WORK TOGETHER.…

What If John Wilkes Booth Had Lived?

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  As President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train wound its way through the northern United States in late April 1865, Americans learned that the two-week manhunt for Lincoln’s assassination abruptly ended when Sergeant Boston Corbett mortally wounded John Wilkes Booth on April 26. As primary sources in our Remembering Lincoln digital collection show, Americans were divided…

Meet the Creators: Musical “Come From Away”

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We are excited to present the new musical Come From Away as the first production in the Ford’s Theatre 2016-2017 Season. Fresh off sold-out runs in Seattle and San Diego, the new musical Come From Away tells the heart-warming true story of how, on September 9/11, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in…

Investigating McDevitt: A Closer Look at the Assassination Investigation

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Shortly after President Abraham Lincoln was carried to the Petersen boardinghouse on the night of April 14, 1865, rumors spread about a separate attack on Secretary of State William H. Seward. Uncertainty and fear abounded in Washington. People began to bombard the Metropolitan Police Station with personal testimonies, spouting wild speculation as to the meaning…

Assassination Eyewitness: Carl Bersch’s Eyewitness Oil Painting Returns to the Scene

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While many depictions of the events surrounding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination exist, most are artist renditions, created well after the fact. As of April 14, 2016, visitors to the Ford’s Theatre campus may now see the only known artistic representation of the Lincoln assassination created by an eyewitness. We are honored to commemorate the 151st…

D.C.-Area Students Step into Tennessee Williams’s Shoes

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Monologues figure prominently in Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. Throughout the play, the narrator Tom breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly. We wondered what might happen if the other characters had monologues like Tom does. We decided to put this challenge to area students who attended one of our three student matinee…