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Ford's Theatre Society (Washington, DC 20004-1403)
Sarah Jencks (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

Exhibitions: Planning
Public Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2017 – 4/30/2020

Ford's Theatre Society Exhibition on Changing Historical Memory

Planning of a permanent exhibition focusing on the aftermath and public memory of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) will plan a permanent exhibition on the history of Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House in the years since President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination that considers what these two buildings can teach us about changing historical memory of national tragedy. NEH funds will allow Ford’s Theatre Society to consult with a group of scholars of historical memory, create a schematic exhibition design and exhibition script, and test themes and ideas with target audiences. The planned exhibition will offer the 650,000 annual visitors to Ford’s Theatre a window into changing popular memory of the Lincoln assassination through the story of the buildings where the event took place, contextualizing the changing uses of the buildings and urging visitors to question what messages monuments and historic sites reveal about the people who build and steward them.