Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

by Brian Anderson

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Overview

Meticulously researched and lucidly written,
Images of America: Ford's Theatre contains astonishing and
little-seen pictures from the theatre's rich 180-year
history. A veritable treasure trove for history buffs,
this book is more than the definitive history of Ford's
Theatre. It is a triumph!
- Jay Winik, author of the New York Times best-selling book "April 1865."

Ford's Theatre in downtown Washington, DC, is best known as the scene of Pres. Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865. It is among the oldest and most visited sites of national tragedy in the United States. First constructed in 1833 as a Baptist church, the property was acquired by John T. Ford and converted into a theater in 1861. Presenting almost 500 performances before the assassination, Ford afterward sold the building to the federal government. A century later, the National Park Service reconstructed the theater, and Ford's Theatre Society began presenting live performances there in 1968. Since then, the two organizations have partnered to offer more than 650,000 annual visitors an array of quality programming about Lincoln's presidency and legacy. Today, patrons can explore the Tenth Street "campus," consisting of the theater, interactive museum galleries, the house where Lincoln died, and the Center for Education and Leadership.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Ford's Theatre usually conjures up two names in popular imagination: a good one,

Abraham Lincoln, and a bad one, John Wilkes Booth. Brian Anderson's new Images of

America book on Ford's Theatre makes it clear how many more good names were associated

with the preservation and restoration of Ford's Theatre, and gives us a great visual

gallery of the look of Ford's from its first days as a church in 1833 to its modern

place as a living theater and national monument."


- Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program, Gettysburg College





"The assassination of Abraham Lincoln at the hands of John Wilkes Booth may be the biggest piece of Ford's Theatre history, but it's hardly the only piece. Casual readers and historians alike will benefit from Brian Anderson's incredibly illustrated account of the long and fascinating life of America's most famous theater. Think you know everything there is to know about Ford's Theatre? Think again and read this book."

- Dave Taylor, Lincoln assassination researcher and writer (www.boothiebarn.com)







"Meticulously researched and lucidly written,
Images of America: Ford's Theatre contains astonishing and little-seen pictures from the theatre's rich 180-year history. A veritable treasure trove for history buffs,
this book is more than the definitive history of Ford's
Theatre. It is a triumph!"

- Jay Winik, author of the New York Times best-selling book April 1865.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531672829
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/07/2014
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 328,811
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

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