Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.

FORD’S THEATRE 2013-2014 SEASON EDUCATION PROGRAMS CONTINUE

Bringing Lincoln’s Legacy to Life for Learners of All Ages

Washington, D.C.—Ford’s Theatre Society announced its education programs schedule through July 2014. Programs include performance previews and workshops for teachers, the February Target Oratory Residency and Festival, Virtual Field Trips and the summertime Catherine B. Reynolds Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows Program. Ford’s Theatre education programs support and enrich teaching practice in English Language Arts (ELA), social studies and history content through the exploration of Abraham Lincoln’s leadership, legacy and the world of Civil War Washington. Programming is available for teachers, schools, youth and life-long learners.

Upcoming Programs

Live Virtual Field Trip
Classrooms can experience a virtual field trip to Ford’s Theatre using IP-based video conferencing. Led by members of the Ford’s Theatre education team and Park Rangers, live Virtual Field Trips engage students with Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, assassination and legacy through interactive experiences with primary source images, “bringing” classrooms to Ford’s Theatre, in 1865 and today. This program is available for all grade levels and can be tailored to fit within class periods up to 60 minutes. Visit http://www.fords.org/distance-learning for details.

Distance Learning: Investigating the Lincoln Assassination with Detective McDevitt
On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30 p.m., frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at Ford’s Theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation using primary source images and interaction with historical characters. This program uses IP-based video conferencing and is available for Grades 5-12. Each session lasts 60 minutes and is $125. Visit http://www.fords.org/distance-learning for details.

Teacher Preview / Workshop
Musical Violet
January 28, 2014

Ford’s Theatre offers a free preview performance of the musical Violet (presented by Ford’s Jan. 24-Feb. 23) and pre-show workshop to D.C.-area educators. In addition to a great night out, this program provides teachers with valuable resources for teaching social studies and ELA themes using theatrical experiences. Free for up to 20 teachers. Priority is given to teachers who have made arrangements to bring their students to the February 6, 2014, matinee. RSVP to education@fords.org by January 23, 2014. Workshops include dinner of pizza and salad.

Through Lincoln's Words: Target Oratory Residency and Festival
Celebrating President Lincoln's Birthday
February 11 and 18

Washington-area school students deliver a selection of Lincoln’s greatest speeches from the stage of Ford’s Theatre, sponsored with support from Target. The 2014 Festival will take place on February 11 and 18. Much of Abraham Lincoln’s power came from his ability to communicate his ideas to the people of the United States. By using meaningful images and ideas, Lincoln moved the people who heard him. Bring his words to life in your classroom with a visit or residency with a Ford’s Theatre oratory artist.

Teacher Preview / Workshop
Musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
March 18, 2014

Ford’s Theatre will offer a free preview performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (presented by Ford’s March 14-May 17) and pre-show workshop to D.C.-area educators. In addition to a great night out, this program provides teachers with valuable resources for teaching social studies and ELA themes using theatrical experiences. Free for up to 20 teachers. Priority is given to teachers who have made arrangements to bring their students to the May 2 and 9, 2014, matinees. RSVP to education@fords.org by March 4, 2014. Workshops include dinner of pizza and salad.

Catherine B. Reynolds Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows Program
Summer 2014
Session 1: (Third–12th Grade Teachers) Evening of June 22–June 27, 2014
Application due April 11, 2014
Session 2: (Boarders, Teachers of all grades) Evening of July 13–July 18, 2014
Application due April 4, 2014

Join up to 25 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War. Come away from your week in Washington familiar with: an array of virtual tours, the oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; comfortable taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and excited about using classroom drama to help historic characters come alive. Visit http://www.fords.org/home/education/teacher-programs/teacher-fellows for information and applications

Teacher Ticket Program
Public and private teachers for schools in the District of Columbia receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to Ford's Theatre performances (excludes “A Christmas Carol” and the one-act play “One Destiny”). These tickets may be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 982-2787 or on www.fords.org. Use promo code DCTEACH. You must show a school ID and photo ID at the Box Office once arriving at the theatre. Limit of two per person.

BP America is the lead sponsor for education programming at Ford’s Theatre.

Ford’s Theatre Society
One of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital, Ford’s Theatre reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated through a partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

The Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive producer Frankie Hewitt, who, during her 35-year tenure, established Ford’s as a living, working theatre producing performances that highlighted the diversity of the American experience. Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critics and the theatregoing public have recognized Ford’s for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. Under the leadership of Wayne R. Reynolds, Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus (Chairman  2007 to 2012), the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. Currently, under the leadership of Board of Trustees Chairman Eric A. Spiegel, Ford’s enters a second phase of strategic planning to ensure the organization’s place as a national destination for exploring Lincoln’s legacy and the American experience through the intersection of history, performance and education.

For more information on Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Society, please visit www.fords.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org