The entrance to the Ford’s Theatre Museum, depicting the scene as President-Elect Abraham Lincoln entered Washington, allegedly in disguise, on February 23, 1861. © Maxwell Mackenzie.

Presidential Brass Knuckles: Lincoln Sneaks into Washington

The fact that the Ford’s Theatre Museum has several weapons on display should not be surprising. After all, it’s a site where a presidential assassination took place. What is perhaps surprising is that some of the weapons aren’t associated with the “main event” for which Ford’s Theatre is famous: John Wilkes Booth’s successful plot against…

The two Clara Harrises. On left, the verified image. On right, the likely misidentified image. Left: Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Lincoln Memorial University. Right: National Archives and Records Administration.

Photos from the Archives: A Case of Mistaken Identity?

The most common photo of Clara Harris is not—we believe—the correct Clara Harris. Harris, the daughter of U.S. Senator Ira Harris of New York, is most known for attending the April 14, 1865, performance of Our American Cousin with her fiancé, Major Henry Rathbone, President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. When preparing…

Photo of William Diggle as Detective James McDevitt in the Ford’s Theatre History on Foot walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt. Photo by Gary Erskine.

The McDevitt Files: Exploring the Conspiracy with William Diggle

This summer we are interviewing each of the three guides who play Detective James McDevitt on our History on Foot walking tour. The tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt takes up to 40 visitors on an interactive journey through the facts and faces of the crime that changed American history and investigates whether Lincoln’s murder was part…