Classroom Tips: How to Discuss Controversial Topics

Editor note: July 7 marked the 150th anniversary of the execution of Lincoln assassination conspirators George Atzerodt, David Herold, Lewis Powell and Mary Surratt. All were ordered to death following a military tribunal held in Washington. The question of the guilt or innocence of Mary Surratt, in particular, and generally the legality of a military…

Who owns Lincoln today? Democrats or Republicans?

On the third floor of the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, you will find an exhibit called “Lincoln and the Presidency.” This consists of two statues–Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower–as well as a series of panels on seven presidents and their connections to the memory of Lincoln. The entire third floor highlights…

A Teacher Fellow Week Recap [photos]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ford’s Theatre Education recently concluded its first of four summer teacher programs. In the following post, Education Programs Coordinator Alexandria Wood shares some of her favorite pictures from the first session with our Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows. The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows is…

Behind the Scenes with “Silent Witnesses”

As we say goodbye to the landmark exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, we are also looking back on the monumental amount of work that went into making an exhibition of this scale. Silent Witnesses has been, by far, the largest undertaking to date by the small Exhibitions team at Ford’s Theatre Society—as…

Mourning Lincoln in the Nation’s Capital

While citizens across the country mourned after Lincoln’s assassination, the president’s funeral procession made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 19, 1865. Today, Pennsylvania Avenue hosts presidential inaugural parades every four years and is mostly lined with large office buildings. But in 1865, Pennsylvania Avenue was lined with small stores…

Lessons from Lincoln’s Legacy as a Father

They rode goats in the White House? And the president let them? You bet, and he loved it! Willie and Tad Lincoln might have lived in the house with the president, but they also shared that home with their dad. When I give tours to students, this story—from the Life in the White House exhibit…