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Ford’s Theatre

Posted by on January 30, 2012

Field Trip: Ford’s Theatre
Location: 511 Tenth St, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Contact: 202-347-4833
Grades: 2nd – 12th

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About the Museum:

The Ford’s Theatre Museum combines a remarkable collection of historic artifacts with a variety of interactive exhibits to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Using environmental recreations, videos and three-dimensional figures, the museum transports visitors to 19th-century Washington, where they can follow Lincoln from his arrival in Washington in 1861. Exhibits explore Lincoln’s Presidential cabinet, what life was like in the Lincoln White House, various Civil War milestones and generals, Lincoln’s great speeches and the Assassination conspiracy.

The actual Ford’s Theatre reopened in February 2009 following an extensive renovation. Visitors can learn more about President Lincoln and the night of his assassination or see a performance. The theatre works to preserve President Lincoln’s legacy and continue his mission of tolerance and understanding.

In 1849, William A. Petersen, a German tailor, constructed the plain red brick three-story and basement townhouse across the street from Ford’s Theatre. After the shooting, President Lincoln was carried to the house and tended in a back bedroom until his death hours later. Since acquiring the house in 1933, the National Park Service has maintained it as a historic house museum, recreating the scene at the time of Lincoln’s death.

The Center for Education and Leadership, located at 514 10th Street, NW, across the street from the theatre and adjacent to the Petersen House, where Lincoln died, offers two floors of permanent exhibits addressing the immediate aftermath of the assassination and the evolution of the Lincoln legacy. Featured exhibits will showcase funeral artifacts from the National Park Service collection never before displayed for public viewing; a recreation of the Virginia tobacco barn wherein John Wilkes Booth was ultimately captured and killed; and a Lincoln Memorial theatre exploring Lincoln’s power to effect social change.

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