Lessons from Lincoln’s Legacy as a Father

They rode goats in the White House? And the president let them? You bet, and he loved it! Willie and Tad Lincoln might have lived in the house with the president, but they also shared that home with their dad. When I give tours to students, this story—from the Life in the White House exhibit…

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,…

Photos from the Archives: The Curse of Ford’s Theatre?

Most people associate Ford’s Theatre with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, but the book Images of America: Ford’s Theatre highlights the site’s lengthy history, including the many tragedies it has seen. John T. Ford purchased the building, previously a church, and transformed it into a theatre. Not long after the transformation, a…

A Room with a View on History: The Petersen House

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Every time I set foot in the house where Lincoln died I think about William T. Clark. In my work as the Associate Director of Museum Education at Ford’s, I get to spend a lot of time in that house and I often think about the man who had rented the back bedroom on the first floor of William Petersen’s boarding house on Tenth Street the week of Lincoln's assassination.

A Great Coat and a Great Tragedy: The Life of Lincoln’s Brooks Brothers Overcoat

From Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration to the upcoming exhibition, Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination, Lincoln’s custom-made great coat has journeyed from Ford’s Theatre and back again. Over the past 150 years, the Brooks Brothers coat has collected many stories. Find out more in this month’s Museum Feature. One Country, One Destiny. These powerfully…

From the Archives: Ford’s Theatre in Diorama

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.…