This morning Pat and I visited the Ford Theater in Washington, DC. They have a very interesting museum about Lincoln in the basement. I learned some interesting/disturbing things about Lincoln that I had never heard before. But that’s for another post, someday, maybe.
I was happy to see that the Ford theater is in fact an active theater, putting on about 4-5 shows a season.
Of course the booth where Lincoln was shot has been all decked out:
Here’s the view inside the booth. I’d go to more shows if I could sit in a booth like this!
The museum had this famous portrait of Lincoln, which is believed to be the last picture of him alive:
It’s kind of a haunting picture actually, due to the way part of his face is in focus and part of his face is out of focus.
The theater has this HUGE sculpture of Lincoln, which is similar to that famous photograph:
But they also had this sculpture, practically hidden in the hallway next to the bathrooms and the elevator, which I think makes Lincoln seem much more human. You get a better sense of the pressures he was under.