Ford's Theatre National Historic Site Collection

Our American Cousin
Our American Cousin - Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre was established in 1861 by John T. Ford and soon became a popular stage for theater and musical productions. On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln visited Ford's Theatre — for the twelfth time. That night, during a performance of Our American Cousin, Lincoln was mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth. The following morning, the President died of his wounds in the Petersen House across the street from the theater.

Collection Summary

Art, photographs, relics, and memorabilia related to President Abraham Lincoln; Oldroyd Collection of Lincoln artifacts; John Wilkes Booth's deringer and other artifacts used as evidence in the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators; historic furnishings on exhibit in the Petersen House, where Lincoln died.

Collection Size



Laura Anderson
(National Mall and Memorial Parks)

Last updated: April 20, 2016