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 made the Civil War era extraordinary.
Constructed by the U.S. Sanitary Commission volunteers during the Civil War, this 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.
Time and again, Kevin McAllister has wowed Ford’s Theatre audiences with his roles in the musicals Parade, Violet and more. Here Kevin spoke with us about the challenges and joys of his newest role in our current musical, 110 in the Shade.
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. In the following interview, Olivera discusses her life as a Washington actress.
Next up at Ford’s Theatre, follow the story of Lizzie Curry as she encounters drought, falls in love with a con man and searches for self-acceptance in 110 in the Shade.
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 Lincoln Logs play set?
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.
Friday, February 12, is Abraham Lincoln’s 207th birthday! No matter where in the world you live, we invite you to celebrate with us by learning more from our staff, using social media.
This week, Oratory Fellow Darrin Comstock explains a visit his students shared with former Congressman Hal Daub. Read how their meeting encouraged the students to consider the importance of effective public speaking.