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Explore The Past at The National Museum of American History!

In 2013 the country will commemorate two events that changed the course of the nation – the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. Standing as milestone moments in the grand sweep of American history, these achievements were the culmination of decades of struggles by individuals – both famous and unknown – who believed in the American promise that this nation was dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Separated by 100 years, they are linked together in a larger story of freedom and the American experience.

To commemorate these two pivotal achievements, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture will present an exhibition that explores the historical context of these two crucial events, their accomplishments and limitations, and their impact on the generations that followed. The exhibition will be on view from Dec. 14, 2012 through Sept. 15, 2013. Click here for more information.

The diverse collections of the National Museum of American History reflect a wide variety of subjects relating to the history of the United States as well as the history of science, medicine, and technology.

Even Scrooge Loves The New Ford’s Theatre

Have a recent run-in with Scrooge in the grocery line?  Brush it off and be sure to encounter the real deal this season at Ford’s Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”  Ghosts of ChPicture 7ristmas Past, Present and Future travel across the 19th century stage under the direction of the Signature Theatre’s Michael Baron.  Echoes of “bah humbug!” ring through the historic President’s Box as renowned Washington performer, Edward Gero, brings Charles Dickens’ notorious character,  Ebenezer Scrooge, to life.

Recently renovated, Ford’s Theatre is one of the most visited historical sites in America, and with such a rich history, you’ll be sure to take in more than just a good show.  Be sure to visit the Ford’s Theatre Museum, full of Lincoln memorabilia and unique artifacts from that fateful night, including the pistol that Booth used to assassinate the President.  Head on over to the Petersen House and stand in the same room where Lincoln spent the last hours of his life.