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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  • Google Arts & Culture

    Evidence

    Want to explore artifacts from Ford’s Theatre, including evidence from the Lincoln assassination? On our Google Arts & Culture site, you can examine high-resolution images of over 100 objects and images.

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    • Topic: Assassination, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Artifacts
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Trial of the Conspirators

    Learn the Story

    What happened to those involved in the Lincoln assassination conspiracy? Examine what witnesses said for and against each person, explore images from the trial, and learn the verdicts and sentences.

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    • Topic: Assassination
    • Type: Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Manhunt for Booth

    Learn the Story

    Where did John Wilkes Booth and David Herold flee after Booth shot Lincoln? Follow their escape path and learn what witnesses saw as one of the largest manhunts in U.S. history unfolded.

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    • Topic: Assassination, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type: Artifacts, Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Night on 10th Street

    Learn the Story

    What was it like to await word of Lincoln’s fate? See what witnesses experienced and explore the only painting made by a first-hand witness to the scene outside the House Where Lincoln Died.

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    • Topic: Assassination, Civil War Washington
    • Type: Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Lincoln’s Funeral

    Learn the Story

    Where did Lincoln’s funeral train go? Follow its route and learn from primary sources what happened in each of the cities it visited.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Impact on a Nation

    Learn the Story

    What happened when people learned of Lincoln’s assassination? Use primary sources from the time, and after, to learn how people reacted to Lincoln’s assassination.

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    • Topic: Lincoln's Legacy, Assassination
    • Type: Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Investigating Lincoln’s Assassination

    Learn the Story

    Why did John Wilkes Booth assassinate President Abraham Lincoln? How did investigators learn what happened and why? Using witness accounts and physical evidence, conduct your own investigation.

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    • Topic: Assassination, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type: Artifacts, Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Lincoln’s Death

    Learn the Story

    After Lincoln was shot, soldiers carried him across the street into the Petersen House. What happened there? Use recollections from eyewitnesses, pieces of physical evidence, and images from the scene to better understand the overnight vigil when Lincoln was dying.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Civil War Washington
    • Type: Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Lincoln’s Assassination

    Learn the Story

    What happened in Ford’s Theatre the night of April 14, 1865? Use recollections from eyewitnesses, pieces of physical evidence, and photos from the scene to better understand how the Lincoln assassination unfolded.

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    • Topic: Assassination, John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln
    • Type: Artifacts, Primary Sources
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Connecting to Texts

    Oratory Video

    Help students understand historical context and the motivation behind speeches with this close reading approach.

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    • Topic: Oratory
    • Type: Videos
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12