“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…

Who was Detective James McDevitt and what did he Discover about Lincoln's Assassination?

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Shortly after President Abraham Lincoln was carried to the Petersen boardinghouse on the night of April 14, 1865, rumors spread about a separate attack on Secretary of State William H. Seward. People began to bombard the Metropolitan Police Station with personal testimonies, spouting wild speculation as to the meaning. James McDevitt was on the case.

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…

Lincoln Logs: Building Up an Image

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Did you know that one of the most popular toys in the 20th century would not have existed if not for the 16th President of the United States? Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, saved the Union, and was known for his political ideology. So how did the president spark the creation of the famous…

Dedicating the Petersen House as the Lincoln Museum

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Today, we often think of the Petersen House as the “other part” of Ford’s Theatre National Historic site. But in 1893, a group of prominent Washingtonians had another idea: They planned for the Petersen House to be a national monument to President Abraham Lincoln. Where To Learn about Lincoln in Washington? By 1893, when visitors…

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…

From Flotsam to Cherished Artifact: 1864 Playbill Provides Glimpse into Daily Life of Ford’s Theatre

The recent production of The Guard at Ford’s Theatre isn’t the first time guards have been featured on the stage at Tenth Street NW. In July 1864—nine months before Lincoln’s assassination halted productions at Ford’s for 100 years—John T. Ford brought a production called Three Guardsmen to his Washington theatre. The historic playbill joined the…