10th Street, NW closure

Due to utility work, the intersection of 10th Street and F Street is currently closed and inaccessible to vehicular traffic. The Atlantic Building parking garage can be accessed by turning north on 10th Street from E Street NW. Please use extreme caution when accessing the garage as the block serves 2-way traffic during this closure. Please allow for extra time to arrive at the museum and theatre.

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Abraham Lincoln was a powerful orator who used his words to inspire and unite. Reflecting this legacy, the Ford’s Theatre Oratory Approach offers easy-to-implement tools that help every student develop public speaking skills and find their own powerful voice.

These tools accomplish multiple curricular goals, from analyzing great historical speeches, to writing persuasive speeches, to speaking more effectively, to listening and critiquing constructively.

Many teachers and students assume public speaking is an innate talent. Ford’s Oratory tools provide a structure for every student to learn and cultivate effective speaking. A multi-year evaluation shows that this approach builds students’ skill and confidence in speaking and their understanding of effective persuasion. Teachers also report that the Ford’s approach helps build a classroom culture of civil discourse and constructive feedback, supporting students in becoming active participants in our democratic society.