A group of men and women gather around a park ranger as he point something out on a memorial plaque.

Education Programs

Looking to bring your students to see where history happened or to see a performance? Looking for a professional community of dedicated teachers?

Our programs empower teachers, inspire students and strengthen civic and classroom learning.

The Ford’s Theatre Education team offers a host of in-person and virtual programs for teachers and students. Check out our offerings below!

Drawing of a crowded courtroom. The defendants sit at a table in the center of the room, surrounded by guards and onlookers.
Depiction of courtroom of conspiracy trial at the Washington Arsenal. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, courtesy Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library.

Retrying the Lincoln Conspiracy

Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
For teachers and educators, grades 6-12

What is the difference between an enemy combatant and a terrorist? How are military and civilian courts different? Investigate these questions and more with educators from Street Law, Ford’s Theatre and a U.S. military historian in an interactive workshop for teachers. Learn the story of the Lincoln conspirators’ trial and participate in a moot court of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the 2006 case of Osama bin Laden’s driver who was tried by a U.S. military commission. Learn how to build important civic skills in your students like critical analysis and strategic thinking. Draw connections between past and present through the lens of constitutional law and the U.S. justice system.

This free professional development workshop will take place in-person on the 5th floor of Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership at 514 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Participants will take away:

  • Primary Sources and resources to use in your classroom
  • Resources and contacts to lead your own moot court
  • Increased content knowledge about the assassination of President Lincoln and Constitutional Law
  • A letter certifying three hours of professional development.

Space is limited to 25 participants.