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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  • Was John Wilkes Booth’s Conspiracy Successful?

    Teaching Lincoln's Assassination

    This lesson plan will guide your students through an arc of inquiry, allowing them to develop a sound argument based on primary source materials.

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    • Topic: John Wilkes Booth, Assassination
    • Type: Lessons
    • Grades: 6-8
  • Debating Emancipation

    Teaching Lincoln's Assassination and Legacy

    Students learn to annotate a historical speech to identify and articulate the author’s point of view. Students will identify key issues involved in working through emancipation, including the consequences (pros and cons) of President Abraham Lincoln’s administration changing its position from preventing slavery in new territories/states to eradicating slavery in states in rebellion.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln
    • Type: Lessons
  • An Overnight Vigil

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the care Lincoln received in the Petersen House and the morning of his death. 

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination
    • Type: Videos
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Lincoln's Evolving Legacy

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about how Lincoln's legacy has evolved.

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    • Topic: Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Videos
  • Setting the Stage

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the days of celebration and uncertainty following Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender, which happened just before President Lincoln's assassination.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination
    • Type: Videos
  • The Assassination

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the events leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and that fateful moment.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination
    • Type: Videos
  • The Conspiracy

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about those who conspired with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln and bring down the federal government.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination
    • Type: Videos
  • The Country Mourns

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about President Lincoln's funeral and how his assassination shaped his legacy.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Videos
  • The Last Word Is Never Written

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about how the history and memory of President Lincoln are constantly changing and evolving.

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    • Topic: Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Videos
  • The Setting of the Assassination

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the dramatic history of Ford's Theatre, both before and after President Lincoln's assassination.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Civil War Washington, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Videos