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Community Minute: Preserving and celebrating a presidential legacy

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Best known as the site of President Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre is a historic, working theater in the heart of Washington, D.C. Today, the Ford’s Theatre Society works in conjunction with the National Park Service to preserve the space and make it available to the public as a tangible piece of history. The theater was closed for more than 100 years following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. When it reopened in 1968, the theater presented live productions, educational exhibits related to both theater and Lincoln’s presidency, and historical exhibits showcasing the building’s rich history. The new Center for Education and Leadership creates an immersive experience and rich resource for students and historians seeking out more information on Lincoln and his life. The theater also offers educational performances for school groups, oratory lessons for students and individuals, and professional workshops for teachers.

For more information, contact:
Ford’s Theatre Society
511 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Support for the WAMU 88.5 Community Minute is provided by the Meyer Foundation.

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