Watch as Ford's Theatre transforms throughout the years
By 2007, Ford’s Theatre needed updates to its by then 40-year-old reconstruction. New sound, lighting, stage-rigging and ventilation, as well as an overhaul of seating, created a historically accurate representation of the 1865 theatre. It reopened on February 11, 2009, the night before Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Prominent figures such as President and Mrs. Obama, Katie Couric and James Earl Jones attended the ceremony.
Anna Snyder, Digital Public History Intern
David McKenzie, Digital Projects Manager
Sarah Jencks, Director of Educational Programming
Tracey Avant, Curator of Exhibitions