Mr. Lincoln's Washington
Open through Jan. 25, 2015
Ever wonder what the District looked like 150 years ago? This exhibition uses reproductions of original photographs, prints, drawings and maps to document how the Civil War affected patterns of life in the District of Columbia.
Special focus centers on activities in and around the National Historic
Landmark building that once housed the Patent Office—now home to the
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art
The exhibition includes views of forts and hospitals, the Navy Yard and
the Sixth Street Wharf, and landmarks such as the Capitol, White House, Ford’s
Theatre and the Old Capitol Prison. A special feature are the images of notable
Washington personalities—statesmen, spies, soldiers and nurses—who gave the
city a sense of national purpose, glamour and intrigue during four years of
war. The exhibition curator is historian James Barber.
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Albert H.