City Paper is not for tourists
The New York Herald ran from 1835 to 1924, and at its height, had a readership of about 84,000. Though the paper is now forgotten by everyone but journalism nerds, the Newseum will pay tribute to the publication and to President Abraham Lincoln in its new exhibition, “President Lincoln Is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination.” The events of April 15, 1865, when Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre by crazed actor John Wilkes Booth, will unfold visually through pages from the Herald’s archives. That night, the newspaper released seven editions; the first, at 2 a.m., contained the first Associated Press report that Lincoln had been shot. Also featured in the exhibition is a newly acquired “extra” released at 8:45 a.m. the day after Lincoln was shot, announcing the president’s death—with that piece, the Herald became one of the first papers to report the news. Visitors can also view all the coverage from that day on a timeline, illuminating the president’s fate piece by piece. The exhibition is on view daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $13.95–$22.95. (202) 292-6100. newseum.org.