In April 2015, Ford’s Theatre Society and National Park Service staff honored the memory of Abraham Lincoln and marked 150 years since his untimely death. Ford’s 150 was a behemoth – a once-in-a-lifetime occasion that necessitated planning with Civil War enthusiasts, scholars, museums, group tour operators, performance artists, generous donors, media outlets and more.
When we look back at all we did – the panel discussions; the special tours; the extraordinary exhibition of artifacts from across the country; the receptions and the rehearsals; the performance; the simulcast; the crowds; the before-7 a.m. live TV interviews and the after-2 a.m. interviews; the wreath laying; the morning bell tolling; the USS Abraham Lincoln Honor Guard; the bagpipes… – it’s hard not to get emotional thinking about it!
For everyone who was with us on Tenth Street to honor Abraham Lincoln, his memory and legacy, Ford’s 150 truly was an unbelievable moment in history.
Our graphics team has pulled together an infographic to illustrate some of the more notable numbers from the events. What was your favorite part of Ford’s 150?
Lauren Beyea is Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at Ford’s Theatre, where she oversees media relations and is editor of the Ford’s Theatre Blog. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenBeyea.