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.

Learning Online

Through a range of resources, Ford’s Theatre strives to provide practical, first-class distance-learning opportunities and lesson plans for middle and high school students in the United States and around the world.

Distance Learning
Using live video-conferencing or Internet-based interactions, Ford’s Theatre will bring the story of President Lincoln’s assassination and the world of Civil War Washington into classrooms across the nation.

Explore Lincoln
Use this material as primary text, or have students explore it online as they learn the basics of Lincoln’s presidency and understand the events that led to his assassination. Lincoln’s Legacy is a growing section of this website and includes multi-media experiences.

Ford’s Theatre Virtual Tour
Take your students on a virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre, experiencing it as if you were here in Washington, D.C. Look closely at artifacts from the Ford's Theatre Museum that shed light on the assassination and that fateful night.

My Lincoln Video
What does Lincoln’s legacy mean to you? Create your own Lincoln video using his words and see your vision added to The Unfinished Work exhibit video wall or on our YouTube channel. Tell us how his legacy affects your life, the lives of others, or American History.

Leaders on Lincoln
Leaders from many walks of American life speak about Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and what made him important to them.

Historians on Lincoln: A Multi-Media Curriculum
Carefully edited interviews with historians known for their study of Lincoln’s life and legacy. The scholars present stories that shed light on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Lesson plans, including discussion and writing prompts, help make these interviews valuable classroom resources.

Ford’s Theatre Society thanks BP America for its sponsorship of our 2013-2014 Education Programs.


Appointment book used by John Wilkes Booth as a diary during his 12-day flight. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith