In honor of Lincoln’s birthday, this year we’re bringing the expertise of some of our most knowledgeable staff members straight to you.
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The Widow Lincoln, commissioned by Ford’s Theatre as part of Ford’s 150, invites us to see First Lady Mary Lincoln in a new light. This last week, we interviewed The Widow Lincoln assistant director Carter Lowe about the artistic process and what audiences can expect from the show.
James Still’s engaging play The Widow Lincoln tells the absorbing tale of Mary Lincoln’s interior world as she lay in bed during this period. We have little direct historical evidence of what she thought, but Still has presented us with a believable, far more sympathetic figure than many depictions of Mary Lincoln.
April 8, 2014, marked the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This represented the first time that the federal government had attempted to ban slavery everywhere within the United States, including in both loyal states and those in rebellion.
The Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War exhibition is filled with insights about President Lincoln and the technological advancements of the 19th century. The exhibit’s curator, Stephen Wilson, tells us how the museum holds snapshots of history.
The Civil War was a time of innovation and technological changes to the art of warfare. On the night of February 17, 1864, there was a naval history first: a Confederate submarine brought down a 12-gun blockade ship, the USS Housatonic.
Desertion was a problem for both the Confederate and the Union armies, even though it was a serious offense punishable by death. Some believe as many as one in five Union soldiers and one in three Confederate soldiers deserted their post during the war.
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