Could you imagine coming to Ford’s Theatre and not learning much about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination? Since 1865, people have struggled with how much to emphasize the Lincoln assassination as opposed to all the other moments of Lincoln’s life.
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Today, open office plans have become a trend—and have garnered increasing amounts of controversy. But the photo of workers in the former Ford’s Theatre space shows that working in an open office is not just a product of the Google age.
One of the first things you may have learned about President Lincoln was that he was honest. To many kids, and even some adults, Abraham Lincoln remains “Honest Abe.” His honesty, humor and intelligence—these are just a few of the qualities that make him a source of inspiration for many Americans.
In honor of Lincoln’s birthday, this year we’re bringing the expertise of some of our most knowledgeable staff members straight to you.
Since we last posted an update in July about the progress of the Remembering Lincoln digital project, we’ve been busy! So, for the sake of other institutions interested in undertaking a similar digital public history project, and for those who like to be in the loop, here’s an update.
As we build the Remembering Lincoln digital collection, we are looking for contributions not just from institutions but from individuals. We know that a lot of people have diaries, letters, newspapers and other primary sources from their ancestors, and that also many private collectors out there have relevant items.
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 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.
The photograph here may be the only one showing someone pointing the actual deringer pistol that Booth used—not something to be recommended from the standpoint of either proper museum collections management or, arguably, good taste.
As you enter the Museum, you see a set of brass knuckles, a knife and a pair of artillery goggles from four years before the assassination, when Lincoln first faced a threat to his life as he journeyed to Washington to take the office of President.
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