Ford's Theatre Art Director Gary Erskine taking a photo of the diary of Dr. Moses Gage. Photo by David McKenzie.

Remembering Lincoln Spotlight: Private Collections

As we build the Remembering Lincoln digital collection, we are looking for contributions not just from institutions but from individuals. We know that a lot of people have diaries, letters, newspapers and other primary sources from their ancestors, and that also many private collectors out there have relevant items. Recently, two people—a teacher and a…

The 2014 cast of "A Christmas Carol" present a check totaling more than $84k from audience, cast and staff donations.

Making a Difference: Donations Raised for DC Charity

Since 2009, the acting company, crew and staff of the Ford’s A Christmas Carol production have taken the play’s message of charity beyond the four walls of Ford’s Theatre by devoting their time and energy to raising money for Washington non-profits. Their efforts, coupled with our audience’s generous support, have raised more than $461,500 for…

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Video Message: Lincoln’s Legacy of Giving

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln often visited Union Army hospitals throughout the year and at the holidays? Inspired by Lincoln’s legacy of giving and the messages of charity in A Christmas Carol, Ford’s Theatre likes to give back to our local community. For the past six years, Ford’s and the company of A Christmas…

Thomas Nast's Christmas cartoon from Harper's Weekly, 1862.

A Civil War Christmas

John T. Ford first opened a theatre at the current Ford’s Theatre site in 1861, around the beginning of the Civil War. What was Christmas like during the bloodiest war in American history? The first Christmas of the Civil War was a sobering one for the American people. Both sides in the conflict had anticipated…