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

A 34ft Tribute: The Lincoln Book Tower

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The Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership features a winding staircase and 34-foot tower of books about Abraham Lincoln, symbolizing that the last word about this great man will never be written. The books in our tower are made from fireproof bent aluminum. Our exhibit designers printed the cover art directly onto the metal…

Social Ambassador Stories: Caring for the Ford’s Theatre Museum

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Few people know our Ford’s Theatre exhibits as well as Heather Hoagland, Exhibitions and Collections Manager. Whether she’s cleaning Lincoln’s clothes from the evening of his assassination or preserving light-damaged photos, Heather shares her museum adventures on Twitter as part of our Social Media Ambassadors program. We asked about what she’s been working on this…

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…

A Stitch in Time: Historic Quilt Features Who’s Who of Civil War

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Constructed by the U.S. Sanitary Commission volunteers during the Civil War, the remarkable quilt below was auctioned at the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair in 1864 to raise funds that were used to improve sanitary conditions for soldiers throughout the Union Army. Over the course of the war, at Sanitary Fairs throughout the North, thousands of U.S.…

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

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 in the…

Who owns Lincoln today? Democrats or Republicans?

On the third floor of the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, you will find an exhibit called “Lincoln and the Presidency.” This consists of two statues–Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower–as well as a series of panels on seven presidents and their connections to the memory of Lincoln. The entire third floor highlights…

Behind the Scenes with “Silent Witnesses”

As we say goodbye to the landmark exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, we are also looking back on the monumental amount of work that went into making an exhibition of this scale. Silent Witnesses has been, by far, the largest undertaking to date by the small Exhibitions team at Ford’s Theatre Society—as…

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…