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. It is expected the intersection will reopen in late August.

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  • Which Knife Did John Wilkes Booth Use? Disentangling the Lincoln Assassination Knives

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    Questions abound about which knife John Wilkes Booth used to stab Major Henry Rathbone after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Read on to see what evidence exists in the curatorial files and what our conclusion is.

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    • Topic:  Assassination, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • 10 American Orators Who Aren't Abraham Lincoln

    Blog Post

    Many Americans have used oratory as a way to drive civic change. Learn about 10 change-makers whom you might not know about yet.

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    • Topic:  Oratory, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type:  Readings, Speeches
    • Grades:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Making a Musical at Ford's Theatre

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    You might not guess that Ford’s can only fit eight musicians in our 1860s-style band pit, or that we plan for more than a year before staging a musical. Discover the process from our decision to produce to our audience’s applause.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Interview with "Fences" Director Timothy Douglas

    Blog Post

    Learn more about the production of August Wilson’s Fences from the director of its 2019 run at Ford’s Theatre, Timothy Douglas.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Lucy Lambert Hale: The "It Girl" of 1865

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    When John Wilkes Booth was captured, a photo of Lucy Hale was found on his person. But it turns out, that Lucy Hale had captured more hearts in Washington than Booth’s!

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    • Topic:  Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Civil War Washington, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Why Is A George Washington Portrait on the Ford's Theatre Presidential Box?

    Blog Post

    One of the most commonly asked questions we hear is, “Why is there a portrait of George Washington decorating the Presidential Box?”

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    • Topic:  Assassination, Ford’s History, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type:  Artifacts, Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • "Twelve Angry Men" and the Creation of a Genre

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    Twelve Angry Men is a play credited with creating a genre: the “courtroom drama.”

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • I've Got a Secret: Evaluating Historic Truth

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    In 1956, Samuel J. Seymour appeared on the hit T.V. show I’ve Got A Secret, claiming to be the last living witness to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. But, how true is his story?

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    • Topic:  Assassination, Ford’s History
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Director Sheldon Epps Discusses His Ford's Theatre "Twelve Angry Men" Production

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    In January 2019, Ford’s presented a new production of the American drama Twelve Angry Men. Directed by Sheldon Epps, the play gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the jury deliberation room.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Production Resource, Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • An African-American Hero Emerges from the Tragic Ford's Theatre Collapse of 1893

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    The first person you likely associate with Ford’s Theatre is Abraham Lincoln or John Wilkes Booth. Depending on your level of history nerdiness, you might also know Major Rathbone, Clara Harris, Ned Spangler or John T. Ford. But, one name you probably do not associate with our hallowed theatre is Basil Lockwood. I know I didn’t, until I did some research.

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    • Topic:  Ford’s History
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12