Government Shutdown Update

During the government shutdown, the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership will be open for daytime visitation. The historic site (theatre, museum, Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visitation. Performances of "Twelve Angry Men" will go on as scheduled.

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  • 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”!

  • “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

    Classroom Activities
    Lessons

    This lesson plan compares Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Langston Hughes’ poem, “Harlem”. With probing questions and activities, students will identify the theme of the American Dream as presented in those texts. Students will then describe their own American dream, expressing it in an original poem or short play scene. This lesson is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.