This morning we didn’t have any meetings so Ali, Claire, Samantha and I went to Ford’s Theater where Lincoln was assassinated. We weren’t really sure how it was going to work but we figured it was something worth seeing and timed it perfectly to get into the museum with the 10 am group.
I had the privilege of seeing the theater when I was in DC about three years ago but I didn’t go to the museum at the time so I felt really lucky to be able to see it this time. Walking through the museum was incredible. It wasn’t a huge place, which quite frankly I appreciated, but there was so much to learn. I’ve never been very good at history but I really enjoy it, especially American history, so walking through the museum reading about the different stages in his life and different things that he did was really fascinating to me.
The thing that I really enjoy seeing, however are the artifacts. It absolutely amazes me to see things like the suit Lincoln was wearing when he was shot, the boot that had to be cut off of Booth so his wound could be dressed but the most incredible artifact to me in that museum was the gun that Booth actually killed Lincoln with. It was just an ordinary, little pistol but knowing what that pistol did and how it completely changed the course of history is jaw dropping. Seeing it there in that glass case makes everything seem so real. Seeing how many of the artifacts were saved and how well they were preserved blows my mind because as I was telling Ali this morning, I never would have even thought to save the boot that had to be cut off Booth’s foot or the pillow that Lincoln’s head laid on in the Peterson House but so many years later we all find it so amazing to be able to see this artifacts from such a prominent event in history.