“Some think I do wrong to go to the opera and the theatre; but it rests me. I love to be alone, and yet be with the people.”Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln’s assassination shocked the nation, and Ford’s Theatre remained closed for more than 100 years.
History of Ford’s Theatre
Discover the history of Ford’s Theatre and what happened to the building after Lincoln’s assassination. In this virtual exhibit, explore the theatre’s origin as a church in 1861 and how it has changed over the years.
A History of Our Performances
For almost 50 years, Ford’s Theatre has produced plays and musicals exploring the American experience and celebrating Lincoln’s legacy. With commissions like “The Guard” and Lincoln-based world premieres “The Heavens Are Hung In Black” and “Necessary Sacrifices,” Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on American theatre.
Lessons from Lincoln
Historic Site Visitors
Student Virtual Field Trips
Free Student Tickets
This talented and dedicated group creates our world-class programs and supports our mission.
The Lincoln Medal is given by Ford’s Theatre Society to those who, through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes, exemplify the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by Abraham Lincoln.