The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26).

You Bring Ford’s Theatre to Life!

Make Ford’s Part of Your New Year’s Resolution

Every year, Ford’s helps thousands of students find their voice through educational programs like the National Oratory Fellows. Young people in this program write, revise and stage an original speech for performance on the historic Ford’s Theatre stage. Throughout this process, these students grow new skills that are vital to their success in academia and beyond. Our programs are helping keep Lincoln’s legacy alive in our nation.

Will you make a donation to help us reach even more students this year? Last year, we served more than 4,900 local students and almost 840,000 students and educators nationwide through education programs like the National Oratory Fellows. Not only does Ford’s provide educational resources to students and teachers, but we give patrons like you the chance to explore Lincoln’s presidency, legacy and the Civil War. Approximately 650,000 patrons visited the Historic Site and 83,572 attended one of our four theatrical productions last year.

We cannot keep offering programs like these without your support. Ticket sales are an important source of income at Ford’s Theatre, but they cover less than half the cost of our shows, education programs and exhibitions. We depend on generous contributions from people like you to make up the rest.

Why not make Ford’s part of your New Year’s resolution? Give a gift today and keep Lincoln’s legacy alive in our nation.

Make a gift of $100 or more by December 15, and we will send you a beautiful 2016 Ford’s Theatre calendar.

For more information, please call the Membership Hotline at (202) 434-9545 or email us with any questions.

Pay By Mail or Phone
If you prefer not to join online, you can call the Membership Hotline at (202) 434-9545 to pay by credit card, or mail payment to Attn: Membership, Ford's Theatre Society, 514 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. Click here to download a membership form.

Matching Gifts
Double your impact, double your benefits! Many companies match donations, including membership dues. Your membership benefits will be automatically upgraded to the level of your gift plus the matching contribution. Click here for more information.

Gift Memberships
Membership makes a great gift for the history buff or theatre lover in your life. Perfect for birthdays, holidays or just because. On the online donation form, include the recipient's name and contact information under "I want my donation to be dedicated" or call us at (202) 434-9545 for assistance. Click here to give a gift membership.

Recurring Gifts
You can join the Friends of Ford's Theatre for as little as $5 per month by committing to a recurring gift. Or upgrade your membership to a higher level by breaking your dues into monthly or quarterly contributions. On the online donation form, enter the amount of each installment under "Other Amount" and choose the frequency of your gift, or call us at (202) 434-9545 for assistance. Click here to donate now.

Photo by Gary Erskine.