BRC Imagination Arts -- the same organization that contributed to the design of DisneyWorld -- helped design the Abraham Lincoln Museum. The result is a new kind of presidential museum that encourages immersive, interactive experiences. One of the museum's outstanding features is lifelike figures set in carefully reconstructed settings.
The photo at right shows a replica of the White House facade. Here Abraham Lincoln greets visitors as though to welcome them to his world.
In the background, leaning against a column, stands John Wilkes Booth, who on April 11th, 1865, changed his plan to avenge the South: rather than abduct the president, he would assassinate him. Booth had just heard Mr. Lincoln's speech outlining reunion and reconstruction, and Booth vowed that it would be the president's last.
Photos and text © Gleaves Whitney 2005