Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Friday, May 22, and Sunday, May 31. In addition, Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, the museum and theatre will be closed to the public, while the Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership will remain open.

Media Coverage

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How Abraham Lincoln Shaped American Politics, Popular Culture Post Assassination
PBS Newshour | February 20, 2012 | by Hari Sreenivasan
Hari Sreenivasan and historian Richard Norton Smith discuss President Lincoln's influence on American politics and popular culture as they tour the Ford's Theatre's new Center for Education and Leadership dedicated to the president.

New Exhibit at Ford’s Theatre Examines Lasting Effect of Abraham Lincoln
Fox-5 News | February 20, 2012 | by Annie Yu

The new Center for Education and Leadership at Ford's Theatre is now open! It brings the values and ideals of President Lincoln from the past into the present through special exhibits and workshops. FOX 5’s Annie Yu visited for a closer look at the new center

Ford's Theatre Opens Center to Study Lincoln in DC
Associated Press | February 9, 2012 | by Brett Zongker

The Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership opens to the public Sunday, the 203rd anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The new center built in a 10-story former office building is part of a $60 million project to create a four-part campus for visitors to learn about Lincoln in the nation's capital.

New museum honors Abraham Lincoln's legacy
Fox News Sunday | February 12, 2012 | by Chris Wallace
Power Player of the Week: Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership.

New Center Near Ford’s Theater Aims to Expand the Lincoln Experience
New York Times | February 10, 2012 | by Edward Rothstein
Now, with these exhibitions, Lincoln has found a home in a place best known for his death. With the historian Richard Norton Smith as adviser, and displays designed by Split Rock Studios and Northern Light Productions, Mr. Tetreault has given visitors a grounding in the history of Lincoln’s time, a sense of the melodrama of his murder and an affirmation of Lincoln’s influence.

Ford's Theatre Redefines Itself
The Washington Post| February 5, 2012 | by Nelson Pressley
More than 750,000 people visit Ford’s Theatre annually to ponder Abraham Lincoln’s assassination ... New dimensions to that story will be added at Ford’s with the opening of the $25 million Center for Education and Leadership this month. Situated in a dramatically refurbished 10-story office building directly across the street from the fabled theater and next door to the house where he died, the center will feature expanded museum and education spaces.
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Washington readies Lincoln museum, center
New center expansion will celebrate legacy

Louisville Courier-Journal | January 2, 2012 | by James. R. Carroll

Up the center of the winding staircase, nearly four stories high, soars a pillar of 7,000 books on Abraham Lincoln, a symbol of a nation's enduring fascination with the Kentucky-born president who led the United States during the Civil War. Read more

Ford’s Theatre Offers a Peek at its Lincoln Book Tower
The Washington Post | December 15, 2011 | by Jackie Trescott
On Wednesday our colleague Nelson Pressley attended a sneak preview of an unusual exhibit--a 34-foot tall tower of books about Abraham Lincoln. Metal and hollow books make up the ongoing installation of a three-story sculpture featuring the hundreds of books written about Abraham Lincoln. This design is part of Ford’s Theatre’s Center for Education and Leadership, which opens in February. Read more

New Center Near Ford’s Theater Aims to Expand the Lincoln Experience
New York Times | August 20, 2010 | By Bernie Becker
Close to a million people go to Ford’s Theater each year, many of them drawn to see where John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln during a performance of “Our American Cousin” on April 14, 1865. In 18 months or so, visitors will have the opportunity to see more… Read more

Ford's Theatre Education Center to Bring President Lincoln's Last Days to Life
The Washington Post | June 22, 2010 | By Michael E. Ruane
On the night of April 14, 1865, as President Abraham Lincoln was about to go out for the evening, two men stopped at the White House to request passes to go to Richmond and Petersburg. Lincoln paused, took pen to paper, and, probably with some pleasure, wrote a two-sentence note stating that passes were no longer necessary.

…The simple document, believed to be the last thing he wrote before his assassination, will be part of the display at a new, $25 million Lincoln-themed Center for Education and Leadership, whose design was unveiled Monday during a briefing at the theater...Read more.

Ford’s Theatre Expansion Creates “Campus” in Downtown D.C

WAMU-FM | June 21, 2010 | By Stephanie Kaye
Ford's Theatre is expanding with a new education and leadership center that focuses on the philosophy of the 16th President.

Abraham Lincoln still has much to teach the leaders of tomorrow, and he'll be able to do that on 10th and E Streets Northwest…Listen to an audio clip.

Photo of the new Center for Education and Leadership by Maxwell MacKenzie.