An exterior view of historic Ford’s Theatre, a three-story brick building with five arched windows on the second and third floor. The bottom floor is white and has five arched entryways.
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Lincoln Digitized: Explore Ford’s 150 Online Content

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Want to know more about what happened in Civil War history 150 years ago, and why it is still poignant today? Look no further! Below you will find a collection of Fords 150-related digital resources. Learn more about Lincoln’s presidency, look through primary source accounts of the Lincoln assassination and reactions to his death, and find out what scholars, artists, and leaders are learning from Lincoln today.

Google Cultural Institute

Ford’s Theatre Society has teamed up with Google to curate three online exhibitions about the Lincoln conspiracy, the history of Ford’s Theatre and the Peterson House where Lincoln died, as well as a street view virtual tour of the Ford’s Theatre campus itself. Check it out here.

Learn the Story

Click here for an in-depth timeline of Lincoln’s presidency, assassination, and the aftermath of his death, leading all the way up to the present day.

Why Lincoln Matters Today

Playwright James Still, author of this season’s The Widow Lincoln and The Heavens are Hung in Black (2009) shares his thoughts on why Lincoln matters today.

Remembering Lincoln 

Visit this digital collection, curated by Ford’s Theatre, which localizes and personalizes the story of the Lincoln assassination for people around the United States and world. Remembering Lincoln has collected reactions and commemorations of the event,so viewers anywhere can explore: How did people remember—and choose to share—their reactions to the first assassination of a U.S. president?

Leaders on Lincoln

Two Presidents, One Congressman and Civil Right Legend, The Speaker of the House, A News Anchor all gather with the Ford Theatre Society to discuss the legacy and leadership of Abraham Lincoln.

See more Leaders on Lincoln.

Actors on Lincoln

David Selby and Robert Parsons have both had the chance to portray Abraham Lincoln on the Ford’s Theatre stage. Read their thoughts on the experience in this blog post, In Lincoln’s Shoes: An Actor’s Take on our 16th President. 

Robert Parsons as Abraham Lincoln with (background) Rick Foucheux as Stephen Douglas and Sarah Zimmerman as Adele Douglas in the Ford’s Theatre Society production of Norman Corwin’s “The Rivalry,” directed by Mark Ramont. Photo by T.Charles Erickson. David Selby as Abraham Lincoln in the Ford’s Theatre world premiere production of “Necessary Sacrifices,” directed by Jennifer L. Nelson. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Lincoln Book Tower

The Center for Education and Leadership features a 34-foot tower of books about Abraham Lincoln, symbolizing that the last word about this great man will never be written.