Cast of the Ford’s Theatre production of Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, directed by Jeff Calhoun. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Video: Watch a Trailer for “Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War”

In this video trailer, catch a glimpse of why critics are calling Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War “visually stunning” (Theatre Bloom) with an “exuberant cast” (Washington Post).     Performances run through May 20, 2015 at the historic Ford’s theatre, as part of our Ford’s 150 commemorations. This epic musical packs a lot into its 90-minute run time, depicting the hopes…

Image of Lincoln courtesy of Ford's Theatre National Historic Site.

Why Lincoln Matters: Honest Abe

One of the first things you may have learned about President Lincoln was that he was honest. To many kids, and even some adults, Abraham Lincoln remains “Honest Abe.” His honesty, humor and intelligence—these are just a few of the qualities that make him a source of inspiration for many Americans. In preparation for the…

Willie Clark, the boarder who lived in the room where President Lincoln died. Courtesy Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, National Park Service.

A Room with a View on History

Every time I set foot in the house where Lincoln died I think about HIM. In my work as the Associate Director of Museum Education at Ford’s, I get to spend a lot of time in that house, which means I think about him often. Lincoln? Of course I think about him, too, but the…

Gregory Maheu, Kevin McAllister and Stephen Gregory Smith for the Ford’s Theatre production of “Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War,” directed by Jeff Calhoun. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Video Preview: Freedom’s Song

Today Ford’s Theatre begins performances of Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The show takes a panoramic look at the Civil War by juxtaposing some of Lincoln’s most famous speeches with songs based on letters written during the Civil War. The show’s 17-member ensemble shares the different—though not always dissimilar—perspectives from both sides…