As most readers will know, Ford’s Theatre is best known as the scene of Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. However, readers might not realize that the building had a long history before the assassination and an interesting history since. Author Brian Anderson takes readers on a pictorial journey through the building’s history, from its start as the home of First Baptist Church, to its controversial conversion to a theatre, to its ownership by the federal government.
Rarely-seen before images show how after years of different uses, the theatre was restored to its initial look in 1965. The National Park Service 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. Anderson states, “Through this book, I hope to teach readers the rest of the story, helping them understand that this old building, like others, has had different uses at different points in time reflecting the needs of the community and (in this case) the nation.”
100% of author royalties will go to the Ford’s Theatre Society to support its programming.
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1200 South Fern Street, Arlington VA 22202
When: Friday, May 9th, 2013; 11:00 a.m. —1:00 p.m.
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by Brian Anderson, Ford's Theatre Society
Images of America Series
128 pages/ softcover
Available: April 7, 2014