Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on anti-racist work and the 2020-2021 season at Ford’s Theatre.

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Set in Stone: Civil War Memory, Monuments and Myths

Join up to 26 teachers to examine monuments and memorials in our nation’s capital and learn how the Civil War and Reconstruction have been remembered throughout American history. You will develop new skills and strategies to take back to the classroom, all while making lasting connections with a national network of fellow teachers and museum educators.

This week-long program is designed for teachers grades 3-12.

This program was formerly called “The Seat of War and Peace.”

Discover historical content to share with students.

  • Learn how Washington’s transformation during the Civil War laid the groundwork for Reconstruction.
  • Explore the Lincoln assassination and the trial of the conspirators and how these events had lasting implications for our military and civil justice systems.
  • Learn about the role of Contraband Camps in Washington, the growth of historic Anacostia, the Freedmen’s Village at Arlington, and how African-American leaders like Frederick Douglass and others engaged in politics and the fight for civil liberties.

Develop historical thinking skills.

  • Examine monuments and memorial to better understand how the Civil War has been remembered throughout history.
  • Get hands-on experience researching and analyzing documents, speeches, images and historic sites as primary sources.
  • Engage in the current national dialogue about monuments with fellow teachers from around the country.

Learn new strategies and resources you can apply in the classroom.

  • Learn how to facilitate a classroom dialogue about the role of monuments in your community.
  • Discover how you can get your students on their feet performing historical speeches.
  • Explore a variety of digital tools and resources that can help you harness the power of primary sources in the classroom.
  • Learn how to lead nuanced discussions with your students of how our country’s history is reflected in our communities and physical spaces - and continues to impact us today.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate stating that they completed 37 contact hours.

All participants are eligible to obtain three graduate credit hours through Trinity University for $375.


July 26 – 31, 2020

Components of Set in Stone will be offered virtually this summer. Ford's Education staff are in contact with all Summer 2020 applicants regarding Set in Stone online. Ford's Theatre continues to assess and alter programming in response to COVID-19. We realize that this is an unprecedented situation, and we will communicate any additional alterations for the programs with all participants as soon as we are able to.

“This experience helped me understand Reconstruction as well as the importance of teaching this time period in American History.”

- Program Participant


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“Incredibly effective at providing knowledge, skills, and experiences to support meaningful teaching about The Civil War.”
Maia Sheppard, Ph.D., Associate Professor, George Washington University
Participants in the 2017 Seat of War and Peace program.

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