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…

The Story After the Tragedy: The 150-Year Journey of Lincoln’s Cufflink

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In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has reunited an extraordinary collection of artifacts that were in the Theatre or carried by Lincoln on the night of his assassination. Lincoln’s cufflink—lent by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois—returns to Tenth Street with a fascinating story of…

From the Archives: Ford’s Theatre in Diorama

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How do you show people what was once in a space without carrying out a full restoration? The photo above, from our book Images of America: Ford’s Theatre, shows one solution—a diorama—that the National Park Service devised when the interior of Ford’s was a museum bearing no resemblance to its previous identity as a theatre.…

An Unlikely Victory: Lincoln’s 1864 Re-Election

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It was surprising that Abraham Lincoln won the presidency in 1860, given that his name did not even appear on the ballot in Southern states. That he won again in 1864, seemed nothing short of a miracle. The Ford’s Theatre Museum today features a section on the political troubles of 1864 and that year’s presidential…