VIPs turn out for Ford’s Theatre expansion

David Selby as Abraham Lincoln with Ford’s Theatre Society Chairman of the Board Wayne R. Reynolds on Wednesday night. (Reflections Photography)

Four days before his 203rd birthday, Abraham Lincoln got a present from Ford’s Theatre: An education and leadership center devoted to his legacy.

“Most museums are about things — this place is about ideas,” said outgoing board chair Wayne Reynolds at a dedication ceremony Wednesday for the new center, the final piece of a $60 million remake of the historic theater. The 16th president dropped by the party as well — or rather, lookalike actor David Selby. Also, Vincent Gray, Eric Holder, Ken Salazar, David Rubenstein and other heavyhitters. Mayor Gray took the opportunity, as usual, to make a pitch for D.C. statehood: “I hope that the legacy of Lincoln and what we learn about him will inspire people in District of Columbia to stand up and bring more democracy to our great city.”

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