‘Manhunt: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer’ Opens Feb. 14 at the Newseum
A new exhibit at the Newseum reveals how Lincoln’s death and the hunt for his killer also marked a turning point in how news was reported. “Manhunt: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” opens
The exhibit was created in collaboration with
The news of Lincoln’s assassination swept the country with a speed that would have been impossible before the invention of the transcontinental telegraph in 1861. The exhibit follows the story of the presidency and death of Lincoln in the same way that Americans who were alive in the 1860s learned about it: through reports in the press. Newseum visitors will see original newspapers chronicling the assassination and the 12-day chase for Lincoln’s killer and will learn how the news was reported and transmitted across the nation.
“Manhunt” also features dramatic historic photographs taken by
“Manhunt” is organized into more than a dozen sections, each introduced by a newspaper headline from the era. The exhibit begins with a look at early images of Lincoln that appeared in the press and continues through Lincoln’s second inauguration in
The Newseum itself has a unique connection to Lincoln’s assassination. The museum is located on the site of the National Hotel, a favorite of
“Manhunt: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” will be on display through
The Newseum will mark the opening of “Manhunt: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” with a special “Happy Birthday, Honest Abe!” Family Day on
- “Inside Media: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer with
James L. Swanson.” Author and Lincoln scholar James L. Swansonwill talk about the wild chase for the assassin through the streets, swamps and forests of the Washington, D.C., area and will sign copies of “Manhunt” and “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer,” Swanson’s newly released book for young adults.
- “Talk and Draw.” Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist
David Horseybrings his drawing skills and keen political insight for a lively discussion and demonstration of how to draw cartoons that make us laugh and make us think.
- “Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers.” Local WJLA-ABC 7 reporter
Sam Fordreads the true story of how 11-year-old Grace Bedellwrote to Lincoln and made her own mark on history.
Other activities include a hands-on arts and crafts session where young visitors can make their own stovepipe hat; telegraph demonstrations; historical enactors; News Bingo and gallery talks.
All family day activities are free with paid admission to the Newseum, but space for individual programs may be limited on a first-come, first-served basis. For a complete schedule of family day activities and additional details, visit newseum.org.
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About the Newseum
The Newseum – a 250,000-square-foot museum of news – offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.
The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.
The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W.,
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