Lincoln’s Ideals are More Important than Ever

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln, his wife, Mary, and their friends Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris went to Ford’s Theatre to see a comedy, Our American Cousin.

Shortly after 10 p.m., the popular actor John Wilkes Booth opened the door to the box when Lincoln was seated … aimed his deringer pistol … and shot the president. In a moment, the course of our nation’s history changed forever.

Lincoln passed away the next morning at 7:22 a.m. But, despite this shocking end to his life, President Lincoln’s legacy remains strong. From humble, self-taught origins, he is now remembered as the great emancipator and a brilliant orator. A leader during our country’s darkest hour, he moved us toward “a new birth of freedom.”

That is why Ford’s Theatre cannot just be a memorial to the infamous national tragedy that took place here. Instead—thanks to the generous support of people like you—Ford’s Theatre is an inspiring place to learn about one of America’s greatest leaders.

At Ford’s Theatre today, visitors from around the country immerse themselves in America’s past while revealing meaningful connections to the present. They learn to incorporate Lincoln’s principles in their own lives and are empowered to become leaders in their communities.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, please make a donation to Ford’s Theatre Society. Your gift will ensure that our nation never forgets the lessons Lincoln taught us.

With a fully-tax deductible gift of $55 or more, you will receive a special gift: a limited-edition Ford’s Theatre commemorative pin. Modeled on the ribbons that people wore in 1865 to mourn Lincoln’s death, we hope you will wear this pin as a proud symbol of your commitment to his memory.




For more information, please call us at (202) 434-9545 or email us.

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If you prefer to donate by mail, please send the response form and payment to Attn: Development, Ford's Theatre Society, 514 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. Click here to download a membership form.

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Tax Deductibility
Ford’s Theatre Society is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #52-6073157). No goods or services will be provided in exchange for your donation to the annual fund; therefore, it is tax deductible in accordance with federal law.

“Lincoln photo courtesy of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site. Commemorative pin photo by Carolina Dulcey.