Then vs. Now: Exploring the Presidential Box

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In our previous Then vs. Now blog posts, we have discussed why the Ford’s stage is slanted and where the cheapest seats were during 1860s performances. Today we take look at the most expensive seats in the house—the ones that the Lincoln family knew best. Overlooking the Stage During Lincoln’s presidency, Ford’s Theatre contained eight…

We’re Tweeting All the Things: Find Our Staff on Twitter

Want to see photos from backstage at Ford’s? Learn about artifact restoration from our collections manager? Find out what happens during a Ford’s Theatre photo shoot? Discover this and more on several new staff Twitter handles. @LaurenBeyea Lauren Beyea, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing What she tweets: Sharing info on Ford’s photo shoots and…

Remembering Vinnette Carroll: Pioneering African-American Director and Her Connection to Ford’s

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Did you know that since reopening as a working theatre in 1968, Ford’s Theatre has been the birthplace of more than 35 world-premiere plays and musicals? This means that on average, one out of every five or six shows produced by Ford’s Theatre Society is a world-premiere! In fact, during the last 10 years alone…

Engaging the 21st-Century Visitor: Digital Strategy at Ford’s Theatre

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I read this great quote from Ed Rodley over at the Peabody Essex Museum: “A postdigital museum isn’t one where ‘digital’ has triumphed over ‘physical.’” Having just finished a digital strategic planning process at Ford’s, this quote reinforced our own newly established digital values. We recognize the ongoing importance of our physical spaces, artifacts and…

Booth’s Deringer: Up Close with an Assassin’s Gun

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The deringer pistol that John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate Abraham Lincoln is one of the most memorable artifacts in the Ford’s Theatre Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination in spring 2015, the pistol was moved from its usual location to become a cornerstone of the Silent Witnesses exhibition across the street…