Site Closed: May 24

The Ford's Theatre National Historic Site will be closed on Friday, May 24, 2019, for maintenance. This includes the museum, theatre, Petersen House and the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership.

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  • The Wiz and Afrofuturism

    "The Wiz" Lesson Plan
    Lessons 6-8

    In this lesson, students will learn about the origins of Afrofuturism and how The Wiz plays a vital role in American art and history.

  • Inaugural Challenges

    History Video
    Videos

    In this video from the Ford's Theatre Museum, learn about the challenges that faced President Abraham Lincoln as he arrived in Washington.

  • Dealing with Disunion

    History Video
    Videos

    In this video from the Ford's Theatre Museum, learn about how President Abraham Lincoln dealt with the secession of southern states in 1861.

  • Lincoln and Douglass

    History Video
    Videos

    In this video from the Ford's Theatre Museum, learn about the complex relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

  • Lincoln Memorial: America's Stage

    History Video
    Videos

    In this video from the Ford's Theatre Aftermath Exhibits, learn about how Americans of different walks of life have used the Lincoln Memorial since its 1922 dedication.

  • The Unfinished Work

    History Video
    Videos

    In this video from the Ford's Theatre Aftermath Exhibits, hear President Abraham Lincoln's words remixed by spoken word artists.

  • A History of Ragtime

    Classroom Activity
    Lessons 9-12

    After listening to The History of Ragtime podcast with jazz expert Rob Bamberger, students will analyze primary source recordings and find connections with contemporary genres and social history.

  • Come From Away

    Classroom Activities
    Lessons

    Before seeing the show, use our resources to introduce students to the events of 9/11. After the show, apply what students have seen to create original monologues based on new interviewing skills. They’ll create theatre from history…just like the creators of “Come From Away”!