Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Special Events

Gallery Talks
March 20, April 17 and June 19

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War.

Spelling Bee Meet and Mingle
March 29 and May 3 at approximately 9:10 p.m.
Following the 7:30 p.m. performances on March 29 and May 3, talk theatre with fellow fans of the show as well as cast members, who will be on hand to share their stories.

Special Tour—Images of America: Ford’s Theatre
April 13, May 18 and July 10 at 5 p.m.

Join author and Ford’s Theatre Society board member Brian Anderson for a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford’s Theatre based on his new book, Images of America: Ford’s Theatre.

Author Talk: Anthony Pitch
April 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Author Anthony Pitch will tell the story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln based on his book They Have Killed Papa Dead!

Previous Events:

Violet Meet and Mingle
February 8 at 9:50 p.m.
Following the 7:30 p.m. performance on February 8, talk theatre with fellow fans of the show as well as cast members, including Erin Driscoll (Violet) and James Gardiner (Monty), who will be on hand to share their stories.

Author Talk: James L. Swanson
November 12 at 7 p.m.

Sam Donaldson led a discussion with author James L. Swanson (Manhunt) about his new book, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.

To Achieve and Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace: Envisioning a World Beyond Hate
October 28 at 7 p.m.

This free event focused on how future leaders envisioned accomplishing the dream of equality and acceptance for all. The discussion featured youth from Split This Rock and SMYAL.

What Would Lincoln Do: Understanding How Lincoln Gets Used (and Abused) in Today's Washington
October 15 at 12:30 p.m.

This panel offered a wide-ranging discussion of ways that modern policymakers have sometimes tried to “channel” Abraham Lincoln’s example in formulating and selling their policies.

The Laramie Project: Matthew Shepard Foundation Night
Followed by a Candlelight Vigil

October 11: Performance at 7:30 p.m.; Vigil at approximately 10:15 p.m.
Ford’s Theatre donated all proceeds from the October 11 performance of The Laramie Project to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Following the performance, Ford’s Theatre held a candlelight vigil in front of the Ford's Theatre; the vigil was free and open to the public.

With Charity for All: Lives Changed by Hate
October 7 at 7 p.m.
in the Center for Education and Leadership
This panel discussion focused on three incidents connected to gender, sexual orientation, racial and cultural bias. Featuring Dave O’Malley (former Laramie police commander during the Matthew Shepard murder investigation and trial); Billy Rowles (former Jasper sheriff during the James Byrd Jr. murder investigation and trial; and members of KhushDC.

With Malice Toward None: Judy Shepard, a Mother’s Response to Hate
September 30 at 7 p.m.

Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, discussed her work to keep Matthew’s legacy alive through activism and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. With Cokie Roberts.

Sam Waterston and Harold Holzer performing as part of "The Living Lincoln Series" in 2009. Photo by Mark Ramont.