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…

The artist Alfred Waud captured scenes of Washington in mourning, including this sketch of Philp & Solomons. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs, LC-DIG-ppmsca-20991.

Mourning Lincoln in the Nation’s Capital

While citizens across the country mourned after Lincoln’s assassination, the president’s funeral procession made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 19, 1865. Today, Pennsylvania Avenue hosts presidential inaugural parades every four years and is mostly lined with large office buildings. But in 1865, Pennsylvania Avenue was lined with small stores…

Ford's Theatre Lead Teaching Artist Thembi Duncan with students from Carver Elementary in front of Ford's Theatre.

Social Media in the Classroom: How a Virtual Field Trip Connected Thousands to Ford’s Theatre

Editor’s Note: On March 26, 2015, Discovery Education and Ford’s Theatre hosted a Virtual Field Trip, connecting with thousands of students in their classrooms. One of the teachers watching was Colin Sinko, a fifth-grade teacher at Carver Elementary School in Wendell, North Carolina. Colin subsequently brought his students to Ford’s Theatre, and the class engaged…

Photo by Scott Suchman.

Upcoming Shows at Ford’s Theatre

The Ford’s Theatre theatrical season for 2015-2016 is announced! Productions include: the world-premiere play The Guard by Jessica Dickey and directed by Sharon Ott—part of Washington’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival; The Glass Menagerie featuring Nancy Robinette (Driving Miss Daisy); and the musical 110 In the Shade directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and featuring…

This 10 a.m. edition of the April 15, 1865, New York Herald reported that a letter found in John Wilkes Booth’s room at the National Hotel showed evidence of a conspiracy in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Newseum collection.

18 Hours of Breaking News

Editor’s Note: One of our partners for the Remembering Lincoln digital collection is the Newseum. The Newseum has digitized the breaking news about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination reported by The New York Herald and contributed front pages from other papers across the country. You can see all of these online. In the below post, learn…