Special Events

Second Inaugural Address Panel
March 4
At the Washington National Cathedral

On the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, join Ford’s Theatre and Washington National Cathedral for a free panel discussion, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, focusing on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Abraham Lincoln Symposium
March 21
The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free symposium focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Tribute

April 14-15
This around-the-clock event will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.

Leaders and Legacies: The Influence of Lincoln and Mandela
April 14 at 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion the enduring legacies of two of the world’s greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.

Screening of Spielberg’s Lincoln
April 14 at 6 p.m.
Ford’s Theatre will host a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration
April 14 at 9 p.m.
Luminaries of stage and screen will present a moving commemorative tribute to President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, 150 years to the day since his assassination.

Candlelight Vigil
April 14, 2015, at 10:15 p.m.
Ford’s will host more than 150 living historians to recreate the scene on Tenth Street from April 14, 1865.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour—Images of America: Ford’s Theatre
April 14 and 15
Join author and Ford’s Theatre Society board member Brian Anderson for a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford’s Theatre based on his book.

Tour with James Swanson
April 15

Join James Swanson, author of Manhunt, for an intimate midnight tour of the historic theatre.

Wreath-Laying Ceremony
April 15 at 7:22 a.m.
Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service will host a wreath-laying ceremony on the steps of the Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died).

Mourning Our Lost Leaders
April 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a panel conversation exploring how the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln shaped the way we mourn in America.

Guided Tour of Theatre
April 26, May 3 and May 17
Take an intimate, guided tour of the historic Ford’s Theatre. Explore the events surrounding President Lincoln’s assassination and learn about the guests who attended with the President.

Freedom’s Song Meet and Mingle
May 2
Following the 7:30 p.m. performance of Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, talk theatre with fellow audience members as well as members of the cast, who will be on hand to discuss the production.

Freedom's Song Under 35 Night
May 14
Hang out with like-minded young arts fans, meet new people and see the theatre in a brand new light.

Past Events Include:

Lincoln Legacy Project Panels
October 2011 – October 2013
Presidential Panel on Leadership
February 2012
Lincoln as Humorist
With Conan O’Brien
March 2009