Social Media in the Classroom: How a Virtual Field Trip Connected Thousands to Ford’s Theatre

Editor’s Note: On March 26, 2015, Discovery Education and Ford’s Theatre hosted a Virtual Field Trip, connecting with thousands of students in their classrooms. One of the teachers watching was Colin Sinko, a fifth-grade teacher at Carver Elementary School in Wendell, North Carolina. Colin subsequently brought his students to Ford’s Theatre, and the class engaged…

The Museum Guard: Keeping Lincoln Artifacts Safe

May 29 marked the final day Ford’s Theatre will display the Ford’s 150 special exhibition Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination. This hallmark exhibition reunited—for the first time since April 1865—an extraordinary collection of artifacts that were in the Theatre or carried by Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination. Though Silent Witnesses…

Photo Archives: Fabulous Evenings at Ford’s Theatre

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When most people think of Ford’s Theatre, they are reminded of the terrible events of April 14, 1865, when President Lincoln was assassinated here. So you may be surprised to learn that the exuberant image above—featuring First Lady Betty Ford, a former dancer—represents a different side of Ford’s Theatre history. Frankie Hewitt founded Ford’s Theatre…

The McDevitt Files: Exploring the Lincoln Conspiracy with Eric M. Messner

The Ford’s Theatre walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, by Richard Hellesen, takes up to 40 visitors on an interactive journey through the facts and faces of the crime that changed American history. Keeping with tradition, we recently interviewed our newest guide who portrays Detective McDevitt on the tour. In this edition of The McDevitt Files,…

What’s Playing at Ford’s Theatre: American Classics, A Holiday Favorite and A World Premiere

The Ford’s Theatre theatrical season for 2015-2016 is announced! Productions include: the world-premiere play The Guard by Jessica Dickey and directed by Sharon Ott—part of Washington’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival; The Glass Menagerie; and the musical 110 In the Shade directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and featuring Tracy Lynn Olivera (Freedom’s Song; Hello,…

18 Hours of Breaking News

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Editor’s Note: One of our partners for the Remembering Lincoln digital collection is the Newseum. The Newseum has digitized the breaking news about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination reported by The New York Herald and contributed front pages from other papers across the country. You can see all of these online. In the below post, learn…