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Guided Virtual Tour of Ford’s Theater

Guided Virtual Tour of Ford’s Theater

Monday, April 19, 2021 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (CDT)


During the Civil War, Ford’s Theatre was one of

Washington’s top entertainment venues, giving

Washingtonians a much-needed break from the

realities of war. President Lincoln, who loved theatre,

opera, and Shakespeare, visited Ford’s Theatre on at

least 10 formal occasions.

On April 14, 1865, Lincoln and his wife decided to

visit the theatre to see the comedy Our American

Cousin. John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate

sympathizer, snuck into the President’s box and

shot Lincoln with a single-shot Derringer pistol.

Booth fled into the night, and Lincoln died the next

morning in the Petersen House, a boarding house

located just across the street from the theatre.

Lincoln’s assassination shocked the nation, and Ford’s

Theatre remained closed for more than 100 years.

In 1968, Ford’s Theatre officially reopened as 

a national historic site and theatre producing

live performances. Today, Ford’s offers inspiring

theatrical productions, interactive museum exhibits,

and engaging education programs.

In this program, museum staff will lead you

through a virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre and Civil

War Washington. Learn about what Washington,

D.C., was like for President Lincoln and some of

the people he met and knew here. Explore the

President’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre, and

consider Lincoln’s legacy. In this interactive program,

participants will look closely at historical and

contemporary images including maps, photographs,

and illustrations.


Course Fee: FREE

Monday, April 19, 2021 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (CDT)

Monday, April 19

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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