My Summers at Ford’s Theatre: Bringing Legacies to Life

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It’s the little things. Reflecting on two summers spent in intensive, content-rich professional development through Ford’s Theatre—as a Civil War Washington Teacher Fellow in 2014 and as a Seat of War and Peace scholar in 2015—the biggest impact on my teaching has been getting to know the ordinary: the everyday objects, spaces and moments that…

A Stitch in Time: Historic Quilt Features Who’s Who of Civil War

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Constructed by the U.S. Sanitary Commission volunteers during the Civil War, the remarkable quilt below was auctioned at the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair in 1864 to raise funds that were used to improve sanitary conditions for soldiers throughout the Union Army. Over the course of the war, at Sanitary Fairs throughout the North, thousands of U.S.…

Tracy Lynn Olivera: Performing on the Historic Ford’s Stage

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Tracy Lynn Olivera plays the lead role of Lizzie in 110 in the Shade, a show picked by Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault specifically to showcase her. Olivera has been featured many times at Ford’s, including as Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, as the Nurse/Southern Private’s Wife in Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the…

Lincoln Logs: Building Up an Image

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Did you know that one of the most popular toys in the 20th century would not have existed if not for the 16th President of the United States? Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, saved the Union, and was known for his political ideology. So how did the president spark the creation of the famous…

Dedicating the Petersen House as the Lincoln Museum

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Today, we often think of the Petersen House as the “other part” of Ford’s Theatre National Historic site. But in 1893, a group of prominent Washingtonians had another idea: They planned for the Petersen House to be a national monument to President Abraham Lincoln. Where To Learn about Lincoln in Washington? By 1893, when visitors…