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Posted at 10:05 PM ET, 01/30/2011

Four good reasons to visit Ford's Theatre in February

By Linda Wheeler

To mark President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Ford's Theatre has events planned throughout February. The wool overcoat that Lincoln wore to Ford’s the night he was killed will be back on display Feb. 12 and a play about a post-Civil War family living in Texas continues through Feb. 13. Also, on Feb. 5, 12 and 19, Ford’s is offering three children's programs about Lincoln.

On Feb. 12, in honor of Lincoln's birthday, there will be a public wreath laying on the front steps of the theater at 8:45 a.m.

Lincoln’s black coat, stained with blood when he was shot by assassin John Wilkes Booth during a play at the theater on the night of April 14, 1865, is taken off display every six months to help preserve the now delicate fabric. In between, a replica is on display. The actual coat the President wore will be on display through June.

While at the theater, visit the museum to see Lincoln’s suit coat, vest, pants, bow tie and boots plus other objects related to the President and Mary Lincoln's treat of a night out following the surrender at Appomattox Court House that officially ended the Civil War. The museum and theater recently underwent an extensive renovation and reopened to the public in 2009.

“The Carpetbagger’s Children” by Horton Foote is a series of monologues and occasional dialogue among three sisters who sit at a table on stage and reminisce about their parents’ marriage and life in a small Texas town following the Civil War. Critics have described it as both heart-warming and heart-breaking. Washington Post reporter Nelson Pressley reviewed the play.

The children’s programs, “Tales of Lincoln,” are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Storyteller Jon Spelman recounts tales about Lincoln and his family including how the President used “t-mail” to reach his generals in the field and how Lincoln, as a child, won a talking contest against an adult man. Tickets are free.

By Linda Wheeler  | January 30, 2011; 10:05 PM ET
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