Lincoln anniversary marked with Kearns Goodwin lecture

The Detroit News

The Henry Ford will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination in April with a lecture by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" became the basis of an acclaimed Steven Spielberg movie.

Kearns Goodwin, a former presidential advisor and author of six best-selling books, will talk about how the experiences faced by Lincoln continue to be relevant to Americans to this day. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. April 13 in the Anderson Theater at the Henry Ford Museum. Tickets begin at $50 for general balcony seating and $75 for main floor. VIP tickets also are available — $150 each — and include a pre-reception with Kearns Goodwin and a copy of her book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

To also commemorate the Lincoln anniversary, The Henry Ford will allow the public a closer look at the chair the president was sitting in on the night of the assassination at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. For the first time in decades, the museum will take the chair of its sealed glass case. Admission to the museum on the anniversary day of the assassination — April 15 — will be waived, courtesy of Target.

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