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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  • How to Make the Most Out of a School Trip to Ford's Theatre

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    Most visitors come to Ford’s Theatre to learn more about that one fateful night in 1865. But a school trip to Ford’s should be more than just seeing Booth’s gun and visiting the box where Lincoln was shot. How can you make sure that kids leave Ford’s with a better understanding of the bigger picture?

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    • Topic:  Assassination, Civil War Washington, Ford’s History
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Celebrating "The Wiz": How the Showstopping Musical Came to Be

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    The Wiz first premiered on stage 43 years ago! Challenging Broadway norms, The Wiz was one of the first production with a majority African-American creative team and an all-African American cast.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Production Resource, Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Improving Student Comprehension: Analyzing Word Choice in Primary Source Texts

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    Teacher Joyce Erb-Appleman shares how she helped a colleague use a close-reading approach to analyzing word choice to help students gain a deeper understanding of a primary source text.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Four Children's Book Recommendations to Introduce the Lincoln Assassination to Your Kids

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    It’s never too early to learn about the Lincoln assassination. Whether you are looking for a way to introduce Lincoln’s assassination to elementary school students or an interesting novel to make history come to life for your own middle-school child, the Ford’s Education team has readers of all ages and skill-levels covered.

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    • Topic:  Assassination
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Strategies for Students: Overcoming Stage Fright in Public Speaking or Performance

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    To be an effective public speaker, students need to understand a variety of elements, including use of  appropriate tone, natural gestures and effective eye contact. If stymied by stage fright, all of their hard work might feel for naught. professional actors and teaching artists Victoria Reinsel and JJ Johnson share some of their best strategies and advice for teachers and students to calm nerves and speak with confidence.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • We Can Talk About Politics In The Classroom

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    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) surveyed more than 10,000 administrators, teachers, counselors and support staff about their post-election classroom and school environment. Data showed that half of teachers surveyed were uncomfortable bringing up the election and politics in their classrooms. We must build a community where students feel comfortable exchanging ideas. Creating a safe learning environment starts on day one of the school year.

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    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Pro Tips for Field Trips: Ford's And Your Classroom

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    A field trip to Ford’s Theatre is a great way to teach the Lincoln assassination, what Washington was like during the Civil war, Lincoln’s presidency, Reconstruction and even historical memory and legacy. Here’s how to make place-based learning a memorable #BestTripEver for your kids this year.

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    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Ford's Theatre Then Vs. Now: Why Is The Stage Slanted?

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    More than 150 years have passed since John T. Ford first opened his famous Ford’s Theatre. In the latest post on the blog, we explore the theatre’s raked stage—a commonplace design in Lincoln’s day, but one that modern actors and designers find unique.

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    • Topic:  Ford’s History
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Ford's Theatre As A Site of Tragedy

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    Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut Kenneth Foote, and author of Shadowed Ground, discusses the context of places that have been involved in tragedies.

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    • Topic:  Ford’s History, Memorialization
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  9-12
  • How Time Changes Tragedy

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    Kenneth Foote, Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and author of Shadowed Ground, discusses the context of places that have been involved in tragedies like the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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    • Topic:  Memorialization
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  9-12