Web Design & Development
Ford’s Theatre wanted to support the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination with an online digital archive and exhibit. We collaborated with their digital projects and education teams to conceptualize, design, and develop a responsive site that could be displayed across a range of screen sizes, including touch screen displays in the museum.
Remembering Lincoln tells a rich story, allowing visitors to explore a variety of reactions to the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination and funeral. We wanted visitors to find connections to the story relevant to them as they explore the site. When you find a piece of the story—a letter, a ribbon, or a photograph—that impacts you emotionally, you can save it to your personal collection, which is tracked with HTML5 local storage, and share it with friends and family. We aimed for the digitized collection, interpretive exhibit, and educational materials to both celebrate the April 2015 series of events, and to continue to serve as a resource for educators and enthusiasts long after.
Beyond the Anniversary Events
By providing teaching resources, contributed by teachers and refined by Ford’s, the site helps educators engage students with the story and the collection. Eventually, the objects on display at Ford’s will return to their respective institutions—Remembering Lincoln serves as a way for them to live together to create a cohesive experience far into the future.
Remembering Lincoln would not be the robust, award-winning website that it is without Interactive Mechanics. Interactive Mechanics has been an amazing partner—not just a vendor—throughout the process. They thoroughly understand how to turn broad objectives into technological reality.
Associate Director for Interpretive Resources
Community Praise & Support
Remembering Lincoln is one of the first online digital projects Ford's has built, and we're proud to have supported this important milestone from the discovery and content development phase through the development and launch of the site in March 2015. Widespread positive response to the site has helped Ford's accomplish several goals, including praise from industry leaders and contributions to the collection from over thirty national museums and archives. Further, the site will serve as an educational resource for years to come, strengthening Ford's mission as a theatre, museum and educational resource.