Ford’s Theatre as a Site of Tragedy

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In conjunction with Ford’s Theatre’s play Come From Away, Kenneth Foote, Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and author of Shadowed Ground, discusses the context of places that have been involved in tragedies. In Part 1, Foote discussed sites related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Here, Foote discusses…

“Remembering Lincoln” Website is now Award Winning!

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We’re excited to share some great news. Our website Remembering Lincoln, which brings together primary sources with reactions to the Lincoln assassination for everyone to explore from anywhere, has won two awards! American Alliance of Museums On May 26, the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Committee presented Remembering Lincoln with the bronze Muse…

Dedicating the Petersen House as the Lincoln Museum

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Today, we often think of the Petersen House as the “other part” of Ford’s Theatre National Historic site. But in 1893, a group of prominent Washingtonians had another idea: They planned for the Petersen House to be a national monument to President Abraham Lincoln. Where To Learn about Lincoln in Washington? By 1893, when visitors…

Citizen Historians: Students Help Research Remembering Lincoln

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Editor’s Note: Chris Lese, a teacher at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently worked with Ford’s Theatre to bring his students into local archives and upload responses to the Lincoln assassination to the Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection. Here, he shares his experiences. How do you help students become independent learners? One way is…

Seven Ways to Use Remembering Lincoln In the Classroom

Remembering Lincoln launched in March 2015 to bring a range of primary sources—letters, newspapers, diaries, mourning ribbons, photographs, lithographs, objects—that show how people in 1865 responded to the first-ever presidential assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln. Nine Teacher Representatives helped us develop the project, offering feedback and producing Teaching Modules that bring together sets of…

Photos from the Archives: Ford’s Many Theatres

Today, when I tell someone that I work at Ford’s Theatre, the person instantly knows where I mean: the venue made famous (or infamous) in 1865, when John Wilkes Booth murdered President Abraham Lincoln there. But before the assassination, if I’d told you that I worked at Ford’s Theatre, you might have asked, “Which one?”…