Thursday, July 5, 2007

Ford's Theatre is Reopening

Four weeks ago site officials closed down Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site for a much-needed renovation. Site officials were excited about the $8.5 million overhaul, which included the installation of the theater’s first elevator, new restrooms, and upgrades to the heating, air conditioning, lighting, and sound systems. The plans were to remain closed for 18 months.

Well, things have changed.

Late last week, the National Park Service announced they were reopening "America's most famous theatre." Apparently, they did not receive adequate bids from contractors. Officials have reopened the bidding process and, at least for now, you can continue to tour the site of Lincoln’s assassination.

The Ford’s Theater museum has also been reopened. Among the many assassination-related items, the museum houses the derringer used by John Wilkes Booth on the night of the assassination, as well as the knife he used to stab Major Rathbone.

In addition to visiting Ford’s Theater and the museum, the Petersen House, located just across the street, is also a must-see.

The sites will remain open throughout the rest of the summer from 9 am to 5 pm. Call (202) 426-6924 for more information.

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