Today, Doane students travelled to Ford’s Theatre and visited some of the many Smithsonian Museums.

While at Ford’s Theatre, students took a glimpse into the four years that Abraham Lincoln was president - learning about how he assembled his cabinet, snuck into D.C. for fear of an assassination attempt or lost a son in the White House.

On the lower floor, the theatre have artifacts from the night of the assassination and throughout his presidency.

“The artifacts are my favorite thing here,” said Jack, a security guard at Ford’s Theatre. “I’ve been here seven years, and no matter how many times I walk by them, I am still in awe.”

One of the biggest exhibits in the theatre are Lincoln's clothes and gloves from the night he was killed.

After touring the lower level, guests can move up to the balcony where they have an unfettered view of the very booth where Lincoln sat that night on April 14,1865.

After visiting the students, Doane students travelled across the street to the Petersen House, which is set up exactly how it was in 1865. The bed which Lincoln passed away in was actually too small for him, so he had to laid sideways, according to documents inside the museum.

Since there are so many Smithsonian museums, student split up into groups to see as many as possible.

The National Museum of American History has three levels of different artifacts from every era of American history.

The top floor has a collection from every presidency, as well as a podium where guests could give a famous quip from either Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, or Ronald Reagan’s inaugural address. Next to the presidents’ exhibit was an exhibit dedicated to the first ladies with every inaugural gown ever worn. 

Jill, who works at the museum administration desk, said that her favorite place in the museum is the exhibit dedicated to every war that America has been in.

“It’s just so interesting to see all the new information out there,” Jill said. “I lived through Vietnam, and now to look at all what happened over there really changes my view on things, and to see it in the museum is the coolest part.”

Besides the National Museum of American History, there are museums for African American history, Natural history, and Air and Space history, plus many more.

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