Ford's Theatre Center for Education & Leadership

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514 10th Street, Washington, DC, USA

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Life, Death and Legacy of Lincoln Aug 14, 2015
A building adjacent to the “House Where Lincoln Died” was acquired by the Ford’s Theatre Society in 2007, and subsequently renovated in 2010 as part of the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. It officially opened in 2012. There are 4 public floors, including an Aftermath Gallery on the 4th floor (covering the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination including the investigation, capture, trial and execution of the conspirators), Legacy Gallery on the 3rd floor (covering the legacy of Lincoln in memorials, ideology, speeches and pop-culture today), Leadership Gallery on the 2nd floor (containing a special space for changing exhibitions) and the lobby area with introductory information about the Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership.

In the lobby is the not to be missed spiral staircase containing a 34 foot (10.4 m) ”Tower of Books" with replicas of 6,800 of the over 15,000 (and counting) books written about Lincoln, though there are only 205 unique titles since they repeat throughout the tower. Among Americans, no other man has been written about more than Lincoln, and the tower illustrates it nicely even if all the titles are not unique. The books in the tower are made from fireproof bent aluminum, in which the designers printed the cover art directly onto the metal book “jackets.” Construction of the book tower took two weeks, and the designers glued each book in place by hand. Since the tower was completed in 2010 only books printed before 2011 are included, and of those the 205 representative titles were mostly in print at the time.

Time-lapse video of the “Tower of Books” installation -
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