In 1865, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (pictured above) employed a clerk who recorded his personal feelings about the Lincoln assassination. Library of Congress image: LC-DIG-ppmsca-08254.

Discovering Lincoln at the University of Florida

Editor’s Note: This month we take a look at primary sources from our Remembering Lincoln partners at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. Their Special and Area Studies Collections include historical and contemporary materials from and related to Florida, some that demonstrate how different individuals have remembered President Abraham Lincoln both in the…

The military tribunal that tried the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs, LC-DIG-ppmsca-35257.

Classroom Tips: How to Discuss Controversial Topics

Editor note: July 7 marked the 150th anniversary of the execution of Lincoln assassination conspirators George Atzerodt, David Herold, Lewis Powell and Mary Surratt. All were ordered to death following a military tribunal held in Washington. The question of the guilt or innocence of Mary Surratt, in particular, and generally the legality of a military…

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A Teacher Fellow Week Recap [photos]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ford’s Theatre Education recently concluded its first of four summer teacher programs. In the following post, Education Programs Coordinator Alexandria Wood shares some of her favorite pictures from the first session with our Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows. The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows is…

Exhibition Entrance. Jaclyn Nash Photography.

Behind the Scenes with “Silent Witnesses”

As we say goodbye to the landmark exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, we are also looking back on the monumental amount of work that went into making an exhibition of this scale. Silent Witnesses has been, by far, the largest undertaking to date by the small Exhibitions team at Ford’s Theatre Society—as…