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Remembering Lincoln

Remembering Lincoln compiles primary sources that illustrate the reaction to Lincoln's assassination. Use newspapers, letters, images and more to help students learn about how a divided nation responded to tragedy. Create custom lesson plans to use in your classroom.

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Remixing a Speech

Lessons

Students learn to identify operative words and replace the author’s historical words with their own modern language for better understanding.

Recommended Resources: Example Annotated Speeches and Historic Speech Database

Self-Guided Virtual Tour

Virtual Tours

Go on a self-guided virtual tour of the Ford's Theatre. This tour is similar to Google Streetview and takes you inside the presidential box and around the museum and theatre.

Virtual Field Trip

Virtual Tours

Join Ford's Theatre and Discovery Education in this 9-part video series that take students on a virtual field trip of Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House.

Analyzing a Speech

Lessons

Students learn how to annotate a historical speech to identify the author’s point of view.

Recommended Resources: Example Annotated Speeches and Historic Speech Database

Booth's Deringer

Artifacts

Famously known as the gun that shot Abraham Lincoln, the Deringer is a single-shot pistol. The small size and light weight made it easy for Booth to conceal it. 

Lincoln's Clothes

Artifacts

When Lincoln went to the theatre the night of April 14, 1865 he was dress for celebration. This collection of objects include the clothes he was wearing the night of his assassination and his great coat.

Conspiracy Evidence

Material Evidence: John Wilkes Booth

Artifacts

After John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln he fled towards Maryland. After 12 days he was found in Boston Corbett's barn and was shot. These are objects collected as evidence against him. This collection included the dagger he was carrying, a revolver, a compass and more.

Lincoln's Life Masks

Artifacts

Here are two life masks of Abraham Lincoln made years a part. With close examination you can see the toll the Civil War and the presidency took on him.

Trial Memorabilia

Artifacts

Eight conspirators stood trial for their involvement with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This is a collection of objects from the trial including the key to Mary Surratt's cell and the rope used to hang the guilty.

Conspiracy Evidence

Material Evidence: Dr. Mudd

Artifacts

Many people question the guilt of Dr. Samuel Mudd who was found guilty as part of the conspiracy. Some of the evidence collected against him included his previous connection to John Wilkes Booth. This collection of objects include his medical kit he used to repair John Wilkes Booth broken leg and keys to his prison cell.