Ford's Theatre Expansion Creates "Campus" In Downtown D.C. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Ford's Theatre Expansion Creates "Campus" In Downtown D.C.

Play associated audio

By Stephanie Kaye

Ford's Theatre is expanding with a new education and leadership center that focuses on the philosophy of the 16th President.

Abraham Lincoln still has much to teach the leaders of tomorrow, and he'll be able to do that on 10th and E Streets Northwest.

Historic Ford's Theatre is expanding to a row house across the street from the current theater and museum - the place where Lincoln was assassinated. The education and leadership center will include new exhibit space for artifacts and lectures on leadership, while exploring the latest scholarship of one of the most dramatic moments in American history. Richard Norton Smith is a Presidential Scholar and a lead consultant on the expansion...

"It's an incredible story," he says. "For an institution based on narrative storytelling, this story trumps anything that is ever likely to appear on that stage--for sheer drama, controversy and continuing interest."

Construction begins in July. The new center is expected to open in 2012.

NPR

Mary Ellen Mark And The Caged Prostitutes Of Mumbai

The photographer, who died this week, turned her lens on the marginal people of the world. One of her most acclaimed projects was her series of photos taken in the brothels of Mumbai.
NPR

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.
NPR

Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI spoke with two individuals who made accusations of sexual abuse against the former Speaker of the House.
NPR

Tech Giants Compete ... For Your Vacation Albums

With ballgames, family reunions and trips to the beach, summer is full of chances to snap photos. Apple and Google are in a battle to help you store, organize and share all those visual mementos.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.