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Living History Commemoration of the 141st Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

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Close to eight thousand people are expected to attend the two days of living history programs at Ford?s Theatre NHS on April 14th and 15th to commemorate the 141st anniversary of Abraham Lincoln?s assassination. Visitors are often heard to say of their visit to the theatre, ?this is the best thing about my trip to D.C.?

On April 14, 2006, the public is invited to attend a 25-minute living history program Shadows of the Past? Eyewitness Accounts of Abraham Lincoln?s Assassination on April 14, 1865. The program offers the public an opportunity to meet and greet President Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and to watch Park Rangers and Volunteers dressed as historical characters describe what they saw the night of the assassination. This program will take place four times that day, at 10:15 and 11:15 am and 2:15 and 3:15 pm.

On April 15, 2006, the day of President Lincoln?s death, a special wreath laying ceremony will take place when the theatre opens at 9:00 am. Following the wreath laying ceremony, hourly interpretive programs on the assassination will take place at 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 am and 2:15, 3:15, 4:15 pm. At the conclusion of each program, a NPS Volunteer dressed as Mary Todd Lincoln will describe her life after the assassination.

These programs require no tickets or reservations. The public is invited to join the public line for admission to either program. The public line moves on the hour into the theatre. Up to 600 people are admitted at one time, on a first-come-first-serve basis.


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