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…

A Teacher Fellow Week Recap [photos]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ford’s Theatre Education recently concluded its first of four summer teacher programs. In the following post, Education Programs Coordinator Alexandria Wood shares some of her favorite pictures from the first session with our Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows. The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows is…

The Museum Guard: Keeping Lincoln Artifacts Safe

May 29 marked the final day Ford’s Theatre will display the Ford’s 150 special exhibition Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination. This hallmark exhibition reunited—for the first time since April 1865—an extraordinary collection of artifacts that were in the Theatre or carried by Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination. Though Silent Witnesses…

Photo Archives: Fabulous Evenings at Ford’s Theatre

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When most people think of Ford’s Theatre, they are reminded of the terrible events of April 14, 1865, when President Lincoln was assassinated here. So you may be surprised to learn that the exuberant image above—featuring First Lady Betty Ford, a former dancer—represents a different side of Ford’s Theatre history. Frankie Hewitt founded Ford’s Theatre…

The McDevitt Files: Exploring the Lincoln Conspiracy with Eric M. Messner

The Ford’s Theatre walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, by Richard Hellesen, takes up to 40 visitors on an interactive journey through the facts and faces of the crime that changed American history. Keeping with tradition, we recently interviewed our newest guide who portrays Detective McDevitt on the tour. In this edition of The McDevitt Files,…