Our student oratory festival gives students the opportunity to perform Lincoln’s words on our historic stage. We have reached students in 17 states across the U.S.
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Your support helps preserve Lincoln's legacy and helps us inspire the next generation of leaders.
When you support Ford’s Theatre, you become part of the family, while making an impact on your community and your nation.
Donations and membership further our mission of celebrating Lincoln’s legacy and exploring the American experience. Your support helps fund educational programs like the Oratory Festivals, giving children a place on our national stage. Your funding brings the American experience to life through our performances. And your generosity inspires visitors by exploring the importance of President Lincoln and his legacy through our exhibits.
What is the National Oratory Fellows Program
The National Oratory Fellows program is a multi-year engagement with cohorts of teachers across the country. Learn more about this unique and impactful program.
Your support enables production of and free tickets for “One Destiny," a short play commissioned and produced by Ford’s Theatre that revisits the events of April 14, 1865 (this program is currently on hold due to field trip and mass gathering restrictions but will be back once the restrictions are lifted).
Ford’s provides free tickets AND free bus transportation for students. Your support provides many students with their first experience of live theatre (this program is currently on hold due to field trip and mass gathering restrictions but will be back once the restrictions are lifted).
More than 600 students participate in the Oratory Festival and perform on the Ford’s Theatre stage. Your support helps these students develop critical skills in communication, self-esteem and leadership.