Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
2nd Floor, South Floor Plan
On view in this small exhibition to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural ball is ephemera from the ball, including the invitation and menu, as well as engravings illustrating the night's events and other artifacts. The ball took place in the building on March 6, 1865, during the final stages of the Civil War and only six weeks before Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre.
Related publication: Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark by Charles Robertson