Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Target Oratory Festival

Through Lincoln's Words: Target Oratory Residency and Festival
Celebrating President Lincoln's Birthday
The 2014 Festival will take place on February 11 and 18. To participate please email our Education Department.

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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Photo of students from E.L. Haynes Public Charter School (DC), Washington Classical Christian School (MD) and Central High School (MD) perform at Ford’s Theatre by Mark Ramont.