Arts and Theatre

Ford’s Theatre Celebrates Lincoln’s Birthday

The Ford’s Theatre Society celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with special programming throughout the month of February.

Beginning January 29, Ford’s Theatre offers a series of special Saturday programs. Join Lincoln family insider Elizabeth Keckly as she describes the White House antics of Lincoln boys Tad and Willie in “Papa Day,” or listen as storyteller Jon Spelman explores the legends of Abe Lincoln’s life in “Tales of the Lincoln.” On Fridays, February 4 and 11, Washington-area young people present a selection of Lincoln’s greatest speeches as part of the Target Oratory Festival on the Ford’s Theatre stage. On February 7 at 7 p.m., historian Nora Titone will lead a discussion and book-signing for her book “My Thoughts Be Bloody” about the family rivalries that shaped John Wilkes Booth’s character and career.

Visitors also may tour the Ford’s Theatre Museum to explore 1860s Washington and Lincoln’s presidency, and experience an interpretive Ranger program about the events that led up to and include the assassination of President Lincoln in the theatre.

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