Learning Online

Through a range of resources, Ford’s Theatre strives to provide practical, first-class distance-learning opportunities and lesson plans for middle and high school students in the United States and around the world.

Distance Learning
Using live video-conferencing or Internet-based interactions, Ford’s Theatre will bring the story of President Lincoln’s assassination and the world of Civil War Washington into classrooms across the nation.

Virtual Field Trip
This unique learning experience gives students an exclusive opportunity to tour the historic site, explore the leadership and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, and learn the story of the president’s assassination and its impact on American history.

Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection
Remembering Lincoln is an online project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. It will be the place to discover the reactions of people who lived through the president’s murder and its aftermath. Here, in the future you will find teaching suggestions and lesson plans designed by our Teacher Representatives for a range of grade levels.

Ford’s Theatre on Google Cultural Institute
Explore Ford’s Theatre as if you are on site and look closely at artifacts that shed light on the Lincoln assassination. Includes: Online Exhibitions; Virtual Tour; and High-resolution images of artifacts.

Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
Experience a virtual visit to Ford's Theatre, its museum, the Petersen House, and the Center for Education and Leadership.

Explore Lincoln
Use this material as primary text, or have students explore it online as they learn the basics of Lincoln’s presidency and understand the events that led to his assassination. Lincoln’s Legacy is a growing section of this website and includes multi-media experiences.

Historians on Lincoln: A Multi-Media Curriculum
Carefully edited interviews with historians known for their study of Lincoln’s life and legacy. The scholars present stories that shed light on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Lesson plans, including discussion and writing prompts, help make these interviews valuable classroom resources.

Ford’s Theatre Virtual Tour
Take your students on a virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre, experiencing it as if you were here in Washington, D.C. Look closely at artifacts from the Ford's Theatre Museum that shed light on the assassination and that fateful night.

Leaders on Lincoln
Leaders from many walks of American life speak about Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and what made him important to them.

See Museum Artifacts
Use the artifacts and stories from our museum to learn more about the Lincoln assassination and the history of Ford’s Theatre.

Ford’s Theatre Society thanks BP America for its sponsorship of our
2015-2016 Education programs.

American Express is proud to sponsor Remembering Lincoln and our exhibitions on Google Cultural Institute.

Additional support for all education programs is provided by Comcast NBCUniversal, Target and BAE Systems.

Part of NCLE Center for Literacy Education 2014.


Appointment book used by John Wilkes Booth as a diary during his 12-day flight. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith