The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, the building where President Abraham Lincoln was fatally wounded by a gunman on April 14, 1865, will reopen for visitors for eight days beginning Wednesday.
The popular tourist destination, under the control of the National Park Service, was forced to close Oct. 1 due to the federal shutdown. That meant that the Ford’s Theatre Society , a private entity, had to cancel or move its scheduled theatrical performances.
Over the past weekend, the society and the National Park Service came to an agreement that the building and the stage could reopen in four-day increments if the society could raise the money. The society received a gift of $25,000 that will cover two four-day periods, according to a society news release.
That means performances of “The Laramie Project ” will resume, as will “Lincoln Legacy” events, according to the news statement. The building will reopen at 9 a.m. for visitors, and performances of “The Laramie Project” will resume at 7:30 p.m.