Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Friday, May 22, and Sunday, May 31. In addition, Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, the museum and theatre will be closed to the public, while the Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership will remain open.

Multimedia Lesson Plans

These multimedia lessons consist of a series of interviews with the people who know Abraham Lincoln best: renowned historians and scholars. The accompanying lesson plans will aid students in developing a deeper understanding of the people and events that shaped American history by:

  • Closely examining artifacts and primary documents
  • Learning about the perspective of the historian
  • Thinking critically and developing their own opinions

Lincoln as Leader: The Unlikely President
Using storytelling and primary source investigation to understand the qualities that made Lincoln one of the most important leaders in the history of the United States.

Lincoln, Lee and Appomattox
This lesson, for Grades 8 – 12, uses storytelling and primary source investigation to understand the roles of Grant, Lee and Lincoln in the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.