How to Use Washington, D.C., as a Classroom

6 min. Read

Washington, D.C., offers numerous opportunities to get out of the classroom and experience history, particularly when studying the Civil War. While Ford’s Theatre receives a large amount of attention, many other sites with engaging stories can be found around the city—in neighborhoods and places easily accessible to students that they may pass by on a daily basis.  

New Play "Jefferson's Garden" and the Complex Beginnings of America

5 min, Read

Actress Felicia Curry, who you’d recognize from former Ford's productions like A Christmas Carol and Spelling Bee, steps into the pages of revolutionary history in January 2018. She'll play Susannah—an enslaved woman who is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty—in the American premiere of Jefferson's Garden, by Timberlake Wertenbaker. 

A Fresh Take in the Classroom: "Death of a Salesman"

4 min. Read

Nearly every American teacher has either had to read or teach Death of a Salesman in their lifetime. It’s a classic! Ford’s Theatre collaborated with Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to devise a fresh, cross-disciplinary lesson plan to tackle the theme the American dream. Read more from Jennie Eng and SAAM Teacher Programs Coordinator Elizabeth Dale-Deines.

Using Digital Public History in the Classroom

10 min. Read

How can a college professor or K-12 teacher work with a public history institution like Ford’s Theatre to teach students about historical research? Learn from a collaboration between Ford’s and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, that inspired college students and brought underrepresented voices into a digital history exhibition--and see how teachers at all levels can do such projects.

Chief A.C. Richards: Bearing Witness to the Lincoln Assassination

4 min. Read

Since 2005, visitors to Ford’s Theatre have been able to step back in time with National Park Service volunteer Mike Robinson, who portrays Washington Police Chief A.C. Richards. As “The Chief,” Robinson offers the perspective of a man who both witnessed the Lincoln assassination and then investigated it. Learn about how he originated the role, how he prepared and how visitors react.