Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were opposites. Lincoln stood 6-feet 4-inches tall with a slightly shrill, resonant voice. Douglas was a projecting, powerful baritone who measured a mere 5-feet 4-inches. Read more about their 1860 political face-off.
Come From Away, the new musical at Ford’s Theatre, commemorates the warmth and compassion that thousands of people found in a small town called Gander, Newfoundland, when their planes were diverted to Canada after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
On Friday, June 10, 2016, our one-act play One Destiny celebrates an incredible milestone: 1,000 performances! This two-character story, which premiered in spring 2007 at Ford’s, is set at Ford’s Theatre itself shortly after the Lincoln assassination.
Education and Digital Outreach Specialist at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, shares insights about pages from the diary of Clara Barton. Learn more about the diary’s historical context and view the pages in our Remembering Lincoln collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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