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Latest News and Press Releases

Ford's Theatre Launches Lincoln's Great Words Challenge June 8-July 31, 2020

Virtual Challenge Encourages Participants to Perform Lincoln’s Words

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre announced the launch of Lincoln’s Great Words Challenge, June 8 to July 31, 2020—an eight-week online oratory challenge exploring Abraham Lincoln’s speeches. The challenge features weekly hour-long workshops via Zoom exploring the text of Abraham Lincoln’s public addresses and his oratorical delivery while also providing public-speaking training to improve participants’ skills. The challenge includes an opportunity for participants to submit video recordings of their own performances of Lincoln’s great words. Participant videos may be published on the Ford’s Theatre website and social media channels.

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces Summer Live Streaming Schedule

Live Bi-Weekly "Cabinet Conversations" and Abraham Lincoln Institute Online Events

Ford’s Theatre Society announced its summer history-based live streaming events, including the Thursday discussion series Cabinet Conversations: Creativity, History and Leadership and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Online Lincoln Symposium. Cabinet Conversations: History, Creativity and Leadership June 4, 18, July 2, 16, 30 and August 13 Abraham Lincoln Institute Online Lincoln Symposium June 8, 22, July 6, 20 and August 3

Ford's Theatre Education Announces 2019-2020 Lincoln Teacher Leader Award Recipient: Lindsey Charron

Charron Exemplifies Dedication to Student Leadership and Oratory Development

Washington, D.C. –Ford’s Theatre Education selected California seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Lindsey Charron as recipient of the 2019-2020 Lincoln Teacher Leader Award. Charron is a Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellow in the master fellow cohort, a program started in 2011. National Oratory Fellows learn to use public speaking and performance skills, such as close reading of historical speeches, speech writing and performance, as strategies to support student learning in the classroom. Through the National Oratory Fellows program, grades 5-8 educators enliven history and English Language Arts learning, and deepen student understanding of great American orators, including Abraham Lincoln.

FORD’S THEATRE BRINGS EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TOGETHER VIRTUALLY FOR NINTH ANNUAL NATIONAL ORATORY FELLOWS PROGRAM

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society recently brought together students and educators from across the country virtually for its National Oratory Fellows Program. This year-long program typically culminates in a weekend in D.C., where 36 teachers and 36 student delegates attend workshops, rehearse their original and historical speeches on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and ultimately perform on the Ford’s Theatre stage. This year, Ford’s Theatre Education experimented with putting the culminating retreat online for participants through Zoom, giving teachers and students the chance to acknowledge the achievements of the group in this unprecedented time.

Ford's Theatre MAY DIGITAL PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED

LIVE Streamed Conversations Simulcast on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter; Sneak Preview of "Guys and Dolls;" Guided Virtual Tours and Public Webinars Continue

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Ford’s Theatre continues digital programming throughout the month of May with new digital events. On May 14 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, Ford’s Theatre will live stream a conversation on its Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter platforms addressing common myths surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. A new series of live-streamed events begins this month titled "Cabinet Conversations: Creativity, History and Leadership." Events will be simulcast by Ford’s Theatre on its Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter channels on various dates this spring and summer. The first of these events is a conversation with Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault and author and historian James L. Swanson on May 20 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Swanson will discuss how his interest in Abraham Lincoln began and his journey to write Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. ...

FORD’S THEATRE TO COMMEMORATE THE 155TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION WITH DIGITAL PROGRAMMING APRIL 14 AND 15, 2020 AND THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL

Facebook Live Addressing Common Myths about the Lincoln Assassination April 14 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, Guided Virtual Tours and Webinars on Multiple Dates

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre commemorates the 155th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and death on April 14 and 15, and throughout the month of April with digital programming. On April 14 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, Ford’s Theatre will host a Facebook Live event addressing common myths surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the month, the Ford’s Theatre education team will offer Guided Virtual Tours of the historic site and structured webinars and interactive events on Zoom that will explore Abraham Lincoln in Civil War Washington, Lincoln’s assassination and the investigation into the assassination conspiracy. Ford’s Theatre also offers new web resources that delve into the impact of the Lincoln assassination on the nation; the vigil on Tenth Street on the night of the assassination.

All Ford's Theatre Programming Canceled Through May 17, 2020

All "Guys and Dolls" Performances Canceled & Production Rescheduled for Spring 2021; Historic Site Closed; Streamable, Live, Interactive and Distance-Learning Resources Available for Educators, Caregivers and Individuals

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society is further altering its programming schedule through May 17, 2020. All performances of "Guys and Dolls" have been canceled and the production will be rescheduled for spring 2021, with dates to be announced. Special thanks to "Guys and Dolls" sponsors Lead Sponsor: ConocoPhillips and Underwriters: Altria Group, General Motors Company and KPMG LLP. The musical "Man of La Mancha," originally announced as the spring 2021 production, will be postponed to a future season. Patrons with tickets to "Guys and Dolls" performances should visit the Ford’s Theatre website (www.fords.org) to see their options for receiving account credit, donating the value of their tickets to Ford’s Theatre Society or receiving a refund. The National Park Service has closed the Ford’s Theatre historic site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House). The Society’s Aftermath Exhibits are closed. The Society’s History on Foot walking tours and performances of "One Destiny" scheduled through May 17 have also been canceled. All Guided Tours of Ford’s Theatre are canceled through May 17.

Ford's Theatre Programming Update in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Historic Site Is Closed; "Guys and Dolls" Performances Canceled March 13-April 4; Lincoln Symposium Canceled; No Guided Tours nor "History on Foot" Walking Tours

Washington, D.C. – Out of an abundance of caution and to follow DC Health’s recommendations, Ford’s Theatre Society is altering its programming schedule through April 4. Ford’s Theatre Society is staying abreast of the evolving situation related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and following advice from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The latest Ford’s Theatre updates will be posted on www.fords.org and main box office phoneline (202) 638-2941.

SEARCHING FOR TRUTH IN THE GARDEN: GONZAGA COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL’S HISTORY WITH SLAVERY

Special Exhibition on Display March 2-August 2020

Washington, D.C.— Ford's Theatre presents the exhibition "Searching for Truth in the Garden: Gonzaga's History with Slavery"on the second floor of the Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW) from March 2 through August 2020. The installation is the culmination of extensive research completed by six students from Gonzaga College High School, a Jesuit high school in Washington, D.C. Their research, which took place during the summers of 2017 and 2018 at the Georgetown University Library, showed that profits from slave plantations went into the building and construction of Georgetown's Washington Seminary, which was founded in 1821 and later renamed Gonzaga College. They also found reference to the names of five enslaved individuals in Washington Seminary accounting books.