One week from today will be the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Appropriately, Ford’s Theatre will be marking the occasion with a Lincoln Tribute. The Tribute will consist of a 36 hour period of nonstop activities including orators reciting some of Lincoln’s favorite poetry, speakers discussing his legacy, a special performance leading up to the moment of his assassination, reenactors recreating the solemn death watch, and a wreath laying ceremony at 7:22 am on April 15th. The Lincoln Tribute will, I’m sure, prove to be a particularly fitting vigil for our 16th President.
Perhaps the culminating piece of the Tribute is the special performance planned inside of Ford’s Theatre starting at 9:00 pm EST. The program is entitled, “Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration“. Ford’s Theatre is describing the commemoration thusly:
Ford’s Theatre will present a moving commemorative tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, 150 years to the day since his assassination. This evening event will include readings of Lincoln’s words and stories, Civil War-era music, excerpts from Lincoln’s favorite theatre and operas, and more. The event seeks to remind us that we not only lost a president; we lost a man who treasured his family, his friends and his country with a love so strong it could hold the Union together.
Tickets for the commemoration program sold out within minutes but those who do travel to D.C. can still share in the experience by viewing the commemoration with others at the nearby National Portrait Gallery.
For those who do not live in, or cannot make it to, the Washington, D.C. area, Ford’s Theatre has partnered with UStream to stream the commemoration online for free.
As cozy as it might sound watching the commemoration from the confines of your own home, I want to encourage you all, especially those of you in the D.C. metro area, to come out and be a part of the Lincoln Tribute and Commemoration in person. I can think of no better way to truly immerse yourself in history. Ford’s Theatre is providing a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to essentially travel back in time. Costumed reenactors will allow you to experience first hand what it was like in the hours leading up to and following Lincoln’s death. As someone who has taken the opportunity to reenact a portion of this story, trust me when I say that immersing yourself in the history is an unparalleled learning experience. I wouldn’t miss this exclusive chance to “live through” Lincoln’s assassination.
Free Ticket Giveaway!
To further motivate you all to make plans to visit Ford’s Theatre on April 14th and 15th, I have two (2) extra commemoration tickets that I will be giving away that night. The winner of these tickets will be able to view the 9 pm program, “Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration” from inside Ford’s Theatre rather than the streaming version at the Portrait Gallery. Instead of giving them away in a contest ahead of time, I will be bringing the two extra tickets along with me when I attend the Lincoln Tribute on the evening of April 14th. At a certain point before the show’s debut, I will send out a tweet on my @BoothieBarn Twitter page. This tweet will contain a clue as to my location on the Ford’s Theatre campus. The first person to find me and ask me for the tickets after I send out the tweet, will win the tickets.
So please, make plans to attend the Lincoln Tribute at Ford’s Theatre between April 14th and 15th. It truly is going to be a once in a lifetime event that you won’t want to miss. And, if you’re lucky and keep an eye on my Twitter page, you could win two free tickets to the “Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration” going on at 9:00 pm at Ford’s Theatre.