Civil War Ephemera

Broadside for reward for Lincoln's murderer
$100,000 Reward! The Murderer of Our Late Beloved President, Abraham Lincoln. Published by the Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, 1865. Broadside, 29.5 x 17.75 in. (framed). Small 48.

The Washingtoniana Collection is especially strong in materials documenting Civil War Washington—iconic buildings such as the Capitol, White House, and various public monuments. One distinctive item is the War Department's broadside announcing the $100,000 reward for the capture of President Abraham Lincoln's assassin and conspirators.

Current Exhibitions

Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City

This exhibition examines unrealized designs for the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, and other structures around the city, through historical prints and paintings from the collection.

Songs of the Civil War

This exhibition showcases historical sheet music that provided the soundtrack to a nation divided by war.

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection

A selection of maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection includes recent acquisitions and rare treasures.