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Remembering Lincoln

Update: March 24

I want to highlight the live, interactive virtual field trip, hosted by Discovery Education and Ford’s Theatre this coming Thursday, March 26 at 1 pm ET. Be sure to scroll down to get all the details.


President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865, shocked the nation.

One week before, the Confederacy’s largest army had surrendered. Americans looked to the postwar future with a wide array of hopes and fears. Then came the assassination. Public reaction to Lincoln’s assassination varied widely. Some grieved. Some fretted over the future. A few celebrated. One hundred fifty years later, what can we learn from the reactions and reflections of citizens from across the nation, and even around the world?

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination, Ford’s Theater has partnered with 15 different historical groups and created Remembering Lincoln. The goal of this digital collection is to localize and personalize the story of the Lincoln assassination for people around the United States and world.

Dave McIntire, middle school teacher at Wichita’s Independent School, acted as one of ten teacher representatives for the project and passed on some of the site’s details.

Remembering Lincoln seems like a great resource – not only for the interesting historical details but for the opportunity for using the site to encourage historical thinking skills. The focus of Remembering Lincoln is on sharing a variety of primary sources that document contemporary reaction to Lincoln’s death. There are four major pieces to the site:

From politicians to poets, from soldiers to everyday citizens, people felt the Lincoln assassination in deeply personal ways. Learn about the people – some famous, some ordinary – whose responses are included in Remembering Lincoln. There are some interesting and moving textual sources here from people such as Walt Whitman and Horatio Nelson Taft.

How did people around the newly re-United States respond to the death of the controversial President Lincoln? Use the site’s interactive map to see examples from around the country. This map shows highlighted responses; the collection features many more. How was the assassination perceived in your own area of the country? How did responses differ from place to place? The answers may surprise you.

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Browse Responses
The site provides a very useful search tool for locating primary sources. Filter by keyword, type, location, and tag.

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Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you get a full description of the source and can download, share, print, or save the source to your collection on the site for future use.

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Teaching Modules
At the moment, there is just one teaching module – Lincoln Funeral Train – but more are planned.

And the cool thing is that Remembering Lincoln is not the only thing that the Ford’s Theater is doing. Want to learn more about the events of the Lincoln assassination?

Join Discovery Education and Ford’s Theatre for a Virtual Field Trip on Thursday, March 26, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Take your students on a virtual field trip to explore Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.This unique learning experience will transport students to Ford’s Theatre as they explore the leadership and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, and learn about the President’s tragic assassination and how it has impacted American history.

Get a free set of classroom activities to help prepare your kids for the field trip.

Ford’s experts will lead an engaging and lively discussion that will deepen your students’ understanding of our 16th President, the events surrounding his assassination and the creation of his legacy. The virtual field trip will feature expert insight from Ford’s Theatre teaching artists, Thembi Duncan and Stephen F. Schmidt. Students will learn directly from these experts about American history at the time of Lincoln’s assassination, the conspiracy surrounding the events and the lasting legacy of our 16th President.

Participating classrooms will tour the working theatre and also get a behind-the-scenes look at the Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) which is now maintained as a historic house museum. Classrooms across the country are invited to register and submit questions for experts from Ford’s Theatre to be answered LIVE during the virtual field trip

And be sure to check all of the other things that Ford’s has for teachers:

All great and useful resources.

(Need even more Lincoln goodness? Head over to Learn the Address and 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Abraham Lincoln.)

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