Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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  • I've Got a Secret: Evaluating Historic Truth

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    In 1956, Samuel J. Seymour appeared on the hit T.V. show I’ve Got A Secret, claiming to be the last living witness to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. But, how true is his story?

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    • Topic: Assassination, Ford’s History
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • An African-American Hero Emerges from the Tragic Ford's Theatre Collapse of 1893

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    The first person you likely associate with Ford’s Theatre is Abraham Lincoln or John Wilkes Booth. Depending on your level of history nerdiness, you might also know Major Rathbone, Clara Harris, Ned Spangler or John T. Ford. But, one name you probably do not associate with our hallowed theatre is Basil Lockwood. I know I didn’t, until I did some research.

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    • Topic: Ford’s History
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Working in War-Time Washington

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    How did the Civil War affected the economy of Washington, D.C.?

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    • Topic: Civil War Washington
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Changing Perceptions: Lincoln and Reconstruction

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    How do you view the Lincoln assassination? Was it the conclusion to the Civil War or the beginning of Reconstruction? Students today need a deeper understanding of the Lincoln assassination regarding the years of Reconstruction that followed. Read more to find out how teachers and students can reframe their understanding of the events at Ford’s Theatre to connect them to the fight for equality today.

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    • Topic: Assassination, Lincoln's Legacy, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type: How-Tos, Readings
    • Grades: 9-12
  • How to Write an Essay on Lincoln's Assassination: 5 Primary Sources for Research

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    When writing an essay on Lincoln’s assassination, it can be hard to know where to begin. But Ford’s Theatre has the solution! Fords.org is a great place to find primary sources on the fateful evening of April 14, 1865.

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    • Topic: Assassination, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type: Primary Sources, Readings
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Fifty Years of Ford's Theatre: 1968 Neighborhood Riots and Renewal

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    Did you know that Ford's Theatre reopened as a working theatre just three months prior to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Discover what the reaction to King's assassination meant for the immediate neighborhood around Ford's Theatre and D.C. as a whole.

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    • Topic: Lincoln's Legacy, Ford’s History
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • American Dance Machine: From 1978 World Premiere to Today

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    Learn about the history of the theatrical phenomenon The American Dance Machine, see photos from the 1978 world premiere at Ford’s Theatre and discover how the show lives on.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Production Resource, Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • The Wiz: Universal Story and Cultural Masterpiece

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    In this discussion with National Museum of African American History and Culture Curator Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, we learn the importance of strong female characters like Dorothy, and how her story, reimagined in The Wiz, is a beautiful example of the African-American experience.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12