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Ford’s Theatre opens center on Lincoln’s legacy

WASHINGTON – A 34-foot tower of books all about Abraham Lincoln is the eye-catching central feature of the new Center for Education and Leadership at Ford’s Theatre. The center opened to the public on Feb. 21 so that visitors can tour both the theater where Lincoln was shot and the center’s four-part museum on the Civil War president.

The center is dedicated to the legacy and leadership qualities of Lincoln. To visualize how his influence has endured, 6,800 books make up the book tower at the center’s entrance.

Two floors of the center highlight permanent exhibits exploring what happened immediately after Lincoln’s assassination and the evolution of his legacy. Education studios take up two other floors for post-visit workshops. The center also features a Leadership Gallery floor for short-term exhibits and expanded retail space.

Guests visiting the center between March 9 and May 19 can also watch the Ford Theatre’s production of “1776.” The Tony award-winning musical follows the founding fathers during the American Revolution.

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