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.

Target Oratory Festival

Through Lincoln's Words: Target Oratory Residency and Festival
Celebrating President Lincoln's Birthday

Watch students from the 2015 Festival, which took place February 10 and 11.

Washington-area school students deliver a selection of Lincoln’s greatest speeches from the stage of Ford’s Theatre, sponsored with support from Target.

Lincoln's Oratory in the Classroom
Much of Abraham Lincoln’s power came from his ability to communicate his ideas to the people of the United States. By using meaningful images and ideas, Lincoln moved the people who heard him. Bring his words to life in your classroom with a visit or residency with a Ford’s Theatre oratory artist.

Ford’s Theatre teaching artists are trained to work hand-in-hand with teachers to demonstrate oratory skills in the classroom and integrate performance of speeches and letters into Social Studies and English classes to strengthen historical understanding and reading comprehension, among other skills. Whether as part of the school day or in an after-school experience, performing great words and finding their own energizes students and deepens learning.

For more information or to learn how your class can participate, email the Education Department.

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