ExxonMobil Donates $5 Million to Ford's Theatre Renovation
ExxonMobil announced today the donation of $5 million to the Ford's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign, a $40 million dollar capital campaign to support a multi-year major renovation and expansion of the 144-year old Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. ExxonMobil has supported artistic and educational programs at Ford's Theatre since 1978 to help honor and celebrate the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln.
The $5 million contribution will be used to establish the ExxonMobil Lincoln Visitor Center, where future guests will begin their experience at Ford's Theatre. As visitors enter the 5,000-square-foot center adjacent to the current theatre, they will be welcomed with a brief orientation video before touring the historic site. The Center will also house a gift shop, as well as other audience amenities and will serve as the lobby space for theatrical performances at Ford's Theatre.
"ExxonMobil is proud to support Ford's Theatre and its mission to celebrate the legacy of President Lincoln," said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign. "We are pleased to be a part of the new campus which will provide a broader perspective of Lincoln's life and leadership, particularly during his time in Washington."
The ExxonMobil Lincoln Visitor Center will be part of the new Ford's Theatre campus along Tenth Street, NW in Washington, D.C. The campus will include a renovated theatre with a new lobby, a redesigned museum, the Petersen House (where President Lincoln died) and a new Center for Education and Leadership. The museum and new Center for Education and Leadership will feature interactive self-guided exhibits that paint a picture of politics and society in Washington, D.C., and the United States in the 1860s.
Through this transformation, Ford's Theatre will become a venue where school groups, families and tourists can come to study and be inspired by great lessons in leadership and American history illustrated by Lincoln's presidency. In addition, an innovative web site and off-site extension programming will allow Ford's Theatre to expand its reach into classrooms across the nation, and provide young people and adult learners alike with the opportunity to experience the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
"The new Ford's Theatre campus will be a place where scholars as well as young people can continue to explore those questions about Lincoln's life and legacy that still affect our lives today," commented Tillerson.
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Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Released October 26, 2007