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The Voice

Adult Outreach Program, Alexandria: Newly Discovered Info about Ford's Theatre

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA

Contact: Shelly Rosenstein

Phone: 703.537.3062

Email: Shelly.Rosenstein@jccnv.org

Ford’s Theatre: The Newly Discovered History of America’s Most Famous Playhouse

Presented by Diane T. Putney, retired Department of Defense historian

The night John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln, distraught, outraged citizens wanted to torch Ford’s Theatre, the site of the assassination. The federal government protected the structure, but later destroyed the “theater” part of it. The Army Surgeon General moved his remarkable museum and library into the renovated building making it an intellectual hub of the city. Death struck again in 1893 when the interior building collapsed, killing 20 clerks at the site, leading to calls to raze the cursed edifice. In the 1920s, when Lt. Col. U.S. Grant III advocated restoring the building to its Civil War appearance, members of Congress refused to fund a “monument to a murderer!” Diane will present a fascinating, illustrated story of Ford’s Theater after the assassination and explain the clashing ideas surrounding decisions to reconstruct the theater in the 1960s.

RSVP: Shelly.Rosenstein@jccnv.org, 703.537.3062

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