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A Teacher Fellow Week Recap [photos]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ford’s Theatre Education recently concluded its first of four summer teacher programs. In the following post, Education Programs Coordinator Alexandria Wood shares some of her favorite pictures from the first session with our Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows. The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows is…

Exhibition Entrance. Jaclyn Nash Photography.

Behind the Scenes with “Silent Witnesses”

As we say goodbye to the landmark exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, we are also looking back on the monumental amount of work that went into making an exhibition of this scale. Silent Witnesses has been, by far, the largest undertaking to date by the small Exhibitions team at Ford’s Theatre Society—as…

The artist Alfred Waud captured scenes of Washington in mourning, including this sketch of Philp & Solomons. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs, LC-DIG-ppmsca-20991.

Mourning Lincoln in the Nation’s Capital

While citizens across the country mourned after Lincoln’s assassination, the president’s funeral procession made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 19, 1865. Today, Pennsylvania Avenue hosts presidential inaugural parades every four years and is mostly lined with large office buildings. But in 1865, Pennsylvania Avenue was lined with small stores…

Lincoln and Tad study a Brady album in this photograph by Anthony Berger, Brady's gallery, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, February 9, 1864. Library of Congress.

Lessons from Lincoln’s Legacy as a Father

They rode goats in the White House? And the president let them? You bet, and he loved it! Willie and Tad Lincoln might have lived in the house with the president, but they also shared that home with their dad. When I give tours to students, this story—from the Life in the White House exhibit…

Ford's Theatre Lead Teaching Artist Thembi Duncan with students from Carver Elementary in front of Ford's Theatre.

Social Media in the Classroom: How a Virtual Field Trip Connected Thousands to Ford’s Theatre

Editor’s Note: On March 26, 2015, Discovery Education and Ford’s Theatre hosted a Virtual Field Trip, connecting with thousands of students in their classrooms. One of the teachers watching was Colin Sinko, a fifth-grade teacher at Carver Elementary School in Wendell, North Carolina. Colin subsequently brought his students to Ford’s Theatre, and the class engaged…