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

Ford’s Theatre as a Site of Tragedy

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In conjunction with Ford’s Theatre’s play Come From Away, Kenneth Foote, Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and author of Shadowed Ground, discusses the context of places that have been involved in tragedies. In Part 1, Foote discussed sites related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Here, Foote discusses…

How Time Changes Tragedy

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Editor’s Note: In conjunction with Ford’s Theatre’s play Come From Away, Kenneth Foote, Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and author of Shadowed Ground, discusses the context of places that have been involved in tragedies like the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ford’s Theatre (FT): The musical Come From Away, currently playing…

Five Ways to Give Back on 9/11: Organizations Making a Difference

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Editor’s Note: This essay also appears in the playbill for Come From Away at Ford’s Theatre. When we think about the September 11 attacks, even 15 years later, the conversation often turns to recollections of our fear, questions surrounding our safety, and the positive and negative effects of our nation’s response. These discussions and concerns…

The McDevitt Files: Exploring the Lincoln Conspiracy with Matt Dewberry

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The walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt takes up to 40 visitors on an interactive journey through the facts and faces of the crime that changed America: Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Along the journey, attendees hear about the manhunt to find John Wilkes Booth and the other conspirators. The tour is led by Detective James McDevitt, a real-life 1860s detective who…

The Foes Go Toe-to-Toe (Again): Lincoln, Douglas and the Election of 1860

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Editor’s Note: Nearly all of the artifacts on display at Ford’s Theatre came from Osborn H. Oldroyd’s expansive collection of Lincolniana. Oldroyd began collecting during the 1860 election, and some of the first artifacts he collected were campaign memorabilia from the second round of fighting between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Read on for a behind-the-scenes…

“Remembering Lincoln” Website is now Award Winning!

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We’re excited to share some great news. Our website Remembering Lincoln, which brings together primary sources with reactions to the Lincoln assassination for everyone to explore from anywhere, has won two awards! American Alliance of Museums On May 26, the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Committee presented Remembering Lincoln with the bronze Muse…

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…

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…