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- Wikipedia Description: Ford's Theatre
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Attendants, including Dr. Charles Leale, carried the President onto 10th street. The doctor decided to take him to Petersen's boarding house across the street. The streets were extremely crowded with people, because of the uproar. A captain cleared the way to the brick federal style rowhouse. A boarder, Henry Safford, noticed what was going on and stood on the front steps crying, "Bring him in here, bring him in here!" Then he was taken into the bedroom in the rear of the parlors and placed on a bed that was not long enough for him. Mrs. Lincoln was escorted across the street by Clara Harris, who had been in the box during the shooting, and whose fiancée, Henry Rathbone, had been stabbed by Booth during the assassination. Rathbone, bleeding severely from the knife wound in his arm, collapsed due to loss of blood after arriving at the Petersen House.
During the night and early morning, military guards patrolled outside to prevent onlookers from coming inside the house. A parade of government officials and physicians was allowed to come inside and pay respects to the unconscious President. Physicians continually removed blood clots which formed over the wound and poured out the excess brain fluid and brain matter from where the bullet had entered Lincoln's head in order to relieve pressure on the brain. However, the external and internal hemorrhaging continued throughout the night. Lincoln died in the house on April 15, 1865, at 7:22 a.m., at age 56. Among the attending physicians was Anderson Ruffin Abbott, a black, Canadian-educated doctor who later wrote “Some recollections of Lincoln’s assassination".
The theatre was authorized for federal purchase on April 7, 1866. The Petersen House was authorized as the House Where Lincoln Died on June 11, 1896. Both structures were transferred from the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital to the National Park Service on August 10, 1933. They were combined as Ford's Theatre National Historic Site on June 23, 1970, which is currently administered as part of National Mall and Memorial Parks
The building has gone through a few name changes. It was designated the Lincoln Museum on February 12, 1932, then redesignated Ford's Theatre (Lincoln Museum) on April 14, 1965.
The theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The non-profit Ford's Theatre Society has an exclusive contract with the National Park Service for the Theatre's stage performances.
In May 2007 the theatre closed for an 18 month restoration project. In October 2007, plans were announced for several millions dollars to be spent on a Lincoln Campus around the theatre building.
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