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(Microscopic View of Philadelphia. Chromolithograph by Herline & Co. Published by John Weik, Philadelphia, 1869. Zebooker Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Photo used with permission.)

Upcoming Program At Wagner Free Institute Of Science Looks Back At Pivotal Year: 1865

The Wagner Free Institute of Science celebrates the 150th anniversary of its North Philadelphia home with a free program Wednesday evening that explores how the major events of 1865 played out in Philadelphia and influenced its future.

05/19/2015

(Credit: Historical Society)

Lincoln Assassination 150th Anniversary, Part 4: The Funeral

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train reversed the route he took to his inauguration.

04/16/2015

(The assassination of President  Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theatre, in Washington DC, on April 14, 1865.  Lincoln died the next morning.  Image from Hulton Archive/ Getty Images)

Lincoln Assassination 150th Anniversary, Part 3: John Wilkes Booth’s Philadelphia Brother

Today is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, who had a Philadelphia connection.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(The assassination of President  Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theatre, in Washington DC, on April 14, 1865.  Lincoln died the next morning.  Image from Hulton Archive/ Getty Images)

Historian On John Wilkes Booth Killing Lincoln: ‘He Was Motivated By Racism’

Adam Goodheart, author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening, addressed the plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth.

04/14/2015

Dr. Dan Rolph of the Pennsylvania Historical Society. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

Lincoln Assassination 150th Anniversary, Part 2: Ulysses S. Grant’s Escape From Death

Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot 150 years ago today, in Washington D.C. but smaller dramas connected to that great tragedy unfolded in Philadelphia – including Ulysses S. Grant’s escape from death that night.

04/14/2015

John Meko (L) and James Mundy of the Union League, with John Wilkes Booth's thorax.  (credit: Pat Loeb)

Lincoln Assassination 150th Anniversary: Part 1

Some of the most important artifacts of the tragedy in April, 1865 are housed right in Center City Philadelphia.

04/13/2015

(Robin Wright and James McAvoy star in "The Conspirator," directed by Robert Redford)

Movie Review: ‘The Conspirator’

“The Conspirator” is a courtroom drama that tells the true story of the only female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

04/14/2011