The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits) will be closed on Friday, January 20, 2017.

The McDevitt Files: Exploring the Lincoln Conspiracy with Matt Dewberry

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The walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt takes up to 40 visitors on an interactive journey through the facts and faces of the crime that changed America: Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Along the journey, attendees hear about the manhunt to find John Wilkes Booth and the other conspirators. The tour is led by Detective James McDevitt, a real-life 1860s detective who…

Summer in the City: Teachers-in-Residence Share their Expertise

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Summertime with Ford’s Education means welcoming our new Teachers-in-Residence. This year, we have the good fortune of working with not one, but two incredible educators! This year’s powerful duo will help us better understand teachers’ needs and steer us toward developing and implementing more useful resources and programs. One will focus on Ford’s Theatre digital…

The Foes Go Toe-to-Toe (Again): Lincoln, Douglas and the Election of 1860

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Editor’s Note: Nearly all of the artifacts on display at Ford’s Theatre came from Osborn H. Oldroyd’s expansive collection of Lincolniana. Oldroyd began collecting during the 1860 election, and some of the first artifacts he collected were campaign memorabilia from the second round of fighting between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Read on for a behind-the-scenes…

Social Ambassador Stories: The Lincolns Go Out for Lunch!

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One delightful consequence of our Social Media Ambassadors program is #LincolnLunchbreak, a series of posts from Lauren Beyea, our Associate Director of Communications and Marketing. Every Friday Lauren shows us the adventures of her Abraham and Mary Lincoln figurines. We chatted with her about the origins and latest escapades of these giant (yet tiny!) historic…

From Life-Changing to World-Changing: Keeping the Spirit of “Come From Away” Alive

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Come From Away, the new musical at Ford’s Theatre, commemorates the warmth and compassion that thousands of people found in a small town called Gander, Newfoundland, when their planes were diverted to Canada after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Many returned to their communities changed forever—for the better. Learn…

An Astounding True Story: “Come From Away” Infographics

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The musical Come From Away, playing at Ford’s Theatre this fall, tells the true story of how a small Canadian town cared for 6,579 airline passengers stranded there on 9/11. We wanted to get the facts behind this heart-warming true story about the better angels of human nature. Check out three infographics that share the…

“Remembering Lincoln” Website is now Award Winning!

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We’re excited to share some great news. Our website Remembering Lincoln, which brings together primary sources with reactions to the Lincoln assassination for everyone to explore from anywhere, has won two awards! American Alliance of Museums On May 26, the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Committee presented Remembering Lincoln with the bronze Muse…

Casting Announced for “Come From Away”

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We are thrilled to share the casting information for the Washington production of Come From Away! Many in our cast have performed with the Come From Away company in their pre-D.C. iterations in San Diego and Seattle. We cannot wait for this talented bunch to begin rehearsals with us later this summer! Come From Away…

Inspired Education: Connecting to the Teacher Hive Mind

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Editor’s Note: In the following post, fifth grade social studies teacher Angelo Parodi discusses his involvement with the Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows program and how it has influenced his teaching. Teachers interested in becoming National Oratory Fellows for the 2016-2017 school year should complete the online application by August 15, 2016. Teaching can be kind…