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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  • A Stitch in Time: Historic Quilt Features Who's Who of Civil War

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    Constructed by the U.S. Sanitary Commission volunteers during the Civil War, this remarkable quilt below was auctioned at the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair in 1864 to raise funds that were used to improve sanitary conditions for soldiers throughout the Union Army.

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    • Topic:  Abraham Lincoln, Civil War Washington
    • Type:  Artifacts, Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Lincoln Logs: Building Up An Image

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    Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, saved the Union, and was known for his political ideology. So how did the president spark the creation of the famous Lincoln Logs play set?

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    • Topic:  Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type:  Artifacts, Readings
    • Grades:  9-12, 6-8
  • Dedicating the Petersen House As The Lincoln Museum

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    Today, we often think of the Petersen House as the “other part” of Ford’s Theatre National Historic site. But in 1893, a group of prominent Washingtonians had another idea: They planned for the Petersen House to be a national monument to President Abraham Lincoln.

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    • Topic:  Ford’s History, Memorialization
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Remembering Lincoln As A Local and A Friend

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    The Museum of the Grand Prairie has participated in the Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection by contributing pieces from its own collections, and those of local Lincolniana collector Kent Tucker.  Located in Champaign County, Illinois, the museum is in one of the counties of the 8th Judicial Circuit, where Lincoln practiced law.

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    • Topic:  Assassination
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Then Vs. Now: Exploring the Presidential Box

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    We take look at the most expensive seats in the house—the ones that the Lincoln family knew best.

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    • Topic:  Ford’s History
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • From Flotsam to Cherished Artifact: 1864 Playbill Provides Glimpse Into Daily Life of Ford's Theatre

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    In July 1864—nine months before Lincoln’s assassination halted productions at Ford’s for 100 years—John T. Ford brought a production called Three Guardsmen to his Washington Theatre.

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    • Topic:  Civil War Washington, Ford’s History
    • Type:  Artifacts, Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • The Man Behind the Lincoln Funeral: George R. Harrington

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    Planning a funeral is a difficult task under normal circumstances. Planning the funeral of a recently assassinated U.S. president brings that task to another level of complexity. That responsibility fell to 50-year-old George R. Harrington, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

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    • Topic:  Assassination
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Dr. Sandra Shannon Discusses August Wilson’s “Fences”

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    “I read Fences in 1987 and was so moved by its portrait of the deeply troubled Troy Maxson that, as soon as I had turned the last page, I vowed to read everything I could get my hands on that was written by August Wilson.”  Thus began Dr. Sandra Shannon's more than 30-year career as a leading scholar of his life and work.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • August Wilson's Century Cycle

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    August Wilson’s Century Cycle is a towering achievement of 10 plays documenting the hopes and struggles of African Americans. With increasing popularity in the last 10 years, Fences has become an American classic, dedicated to unearthing the lives, hopes, dreams and struggles of African Americans.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Empathy and Empowerment: Resources for Educators Teaching History Through Speech and Oratory

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    As the Ford’s Theatre Teacher-in-Residence for four weeks, Karen Richey researched contemporary speeches from a wide range of human experiences and cultures. Discover new resources that students can use to make connections between the past and present and see take part in civic dialogue.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos