#LincolnQ 2016: Celebrating Lincoln’s 207th Birthday

Friday, February 12, is Abraham Lincoln’s 207th birthday! No matter where in the world you live, we invite you to celebrate with us by learning more from our staff, using social media.

From 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday February 10, 2016, through 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 12, 2016, tweet us your questions on Lincoln, the Civil War and the history of Ford’s Theatre using the hashtag #LincolnQ. If you have a burning question but find yourself without a Twitter account, never fear! Just ask us your question in the comments below.

As you send your #LincolnQ question into the Twittersphere, one of the following friendly faces will respond! All responders will “sign” their tweets with their initials.

Before we introduce our staff members, there’s one other way we’d like to celebrate our favorite president with you! If you’re wearing anything or doing anything special on Lincoln’s birthday (whether donning a top hat or baking a cake) please share your photos with us. You can post these photos to our Facebook wall, Tweet using #RememberAbe or share them in the comments here.

Alicia Brooks (-AB)

What do you do at Ford’s?

As Special Events Manager, I assist in the planning of all kinds of awesome events at the theatre, from opening night performances and member events to our Annual Gala. I’m usually the one holding the clipboard!

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer? 

I’ll answer just about everything, but Lincoln’s family and Cabinet are my specialty.

Sara Cohen (-SC)

What do you do at Ford’s?

I run our Facebook and Twitter accounts, partner with amazing local restaurants, book ads and much more for our Communications and Marketing department!

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer?

Questions about theatre then vs. now, or the two months leading up to the Assassination—for Ford’s 150 I created #TodayIn1865 tweets and learned fascinating stories about that time period!

Ashley Doherty (-AD)

What do you do at Ford’s?

I am the Manager of Individual Giving. I help all of our wonderful members and try to recruit more!

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer?

I am interested in Lincoln’s family and personal life, all of the conspirators, the history of the building and John T. Ford.

Heather Hoagland (-HH)

What do you do at Ford’s?

I oversee all museum business for Ford’s Theatre Society, including maintenance for permanent exhibits and creating new rotating exhibits.

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer?           

I know a lot about museum work and caring for a collection—and about Lincoln and the Civil War.

Sarah Jencks (-SJ)

Director of Education Programming

What do you do at Ford’s?

I am Director of Education & Leadership at Ford’s Theatre—and proud of Remembering Lincoln and the work done by @fordsedu.

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer?

I find the people of the Civil War most interesting. I’m curious about their motivations and how they managed to live through such difficult times.

David McKenzie (-DPM)

What do you do at Ford’s?

I’m responsible for creating and managing our historical resources online. I’m the project manager for our Remembering Lincoln digital collection and our presence on Google Cultural Institute, blog frequently about historical topics and pitch in on education programs.

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer?           

I’m interested in how Ford’s Theatre, the Civil War and Lincoln are remembered. The international context of the Civil War also really fascinates me—there’s a lot of new work lately about just how important this event was not just as the defining event of our country’s history but one of the most significant in world history. I’m also really interested in Lincoln’s plans for Reconstruction, and how things might have been different had he not been assassinated.

Allison Van Gilst (-AVG)

What do you do at Ford’s?

Education Intern. Writing how-to blogs for teachers to use our online resources. Working with teachers to add lesson plans to our website.

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer?

Ask me about the conspirators, especially Lewis Powell, or anything dealing with history specifically regarding the Civil War and Lincoln.

Alex Wood (-AW)

What do you do at Ford’s?

I work on student and teacher programs, including field trips and professional development, other assorted Museum programs, and distance learning.

What kinds of #LincolnQ would you like to answer?           

I love talking about the theatre itself. The building is more than 150 years old and has many stories to tell!  

These enthusiastic and knowledgeable staffers are excited to answer your questions! Feel free to help get us started by adding your questions in the comments of this post—we’ll send them on to the staff members manning the Twitter discussion.

Sara Cohen is Marketing Manager at Ford’s Theatre, where she helms the Ford’s Theatre Facebook and Twitter accounts, among other projects that share Lincoln’s legacy with the world.