Ford's Theatre Program helps educators better teach about the civil war using historic sites.

Vinton-Shellsburg Teacher, Le Cox, was selected to participate in the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation
Civil War Washington Summer Teacher Institute
Washington, D.C.

Ford’s Theatre announced that Le Cox, Language Arts teacher at Vinton
Shellsburg High School in Vinton, Iowa, was selected to attend The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil
War Washington summer teacher institute from July 7 to 12, 2019. Civil War Washington is presented by
Ford’s Theatre in collaboration with the National Park Service, President Lincoln’s Cottage and Tudor
Place Historic House and Garden. Civil War Washington is free of charge for D.C.area teachers.

This professional development program teaches educators skills to help them include historic site field
trips in their curricula and harness the power of place in the classroom. Through immersive visits to Civil War era historic sites in Washington, D.C., educators learn first-hand how field trips can be used to activate history
and how to use reflection to integrate field trips into classroom learning.

The week-long program will include visits to Ford’s Theatre, the site of Lincoln’s assassination;
President Lincoln’s Cottage, the site where Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation; Tudor
Place Historic House and Garden, the home of a Southern sympathizer that highlights divisions within
the D.C. community during the war, and a myriad of National Park Service sites including Fort Stevens,
the site of the only Civil War battle in Washington, D.C., and Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass’s historic

“We’re excited for Le to join us at Ford’s Theatre for Civil War Washington. Not only will she have the
opportunity to learn from museum professionals and content experts, but she will also have the opportunity to
create lasting connections with a network of fellow educators,” said Associate Director for Museum
Education Jake Flack.

“Teachers who work with the Ford’s education team return to their classrooms with new
knowledge, resources and a professional support system to implement lessons that deepen their students’ understanding of the complexity of the Civil War and its ongoing legacy and relevance in the
world today,” said Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy at George Washington
University Maia Sheppard.

Ford’s Theatre educations program are supported by Lead Education Sponsor BP America with
additional support from United Airlines.

Schools and teachers interested in learning more about the Ford’s Theatre summer teacher
institutes should visit or email

Ford’s Theatre Society

One of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital, Ford’s Theatre reopened its doors in 1968, more than
a hundred years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated through a partnership
between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination
in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles:
courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.
Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive producer Frankie Hewitt, who,
during her 35-year tenure, established Ford’s as a living, working theatre producing performances that
highlighted the diversity of the American experience.

Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director,
critics and the theatre-going public have recognized Ford’s for the superior quality of its artistic
programming. With works from the Tony-nominated Come From Away and the nationally acclaimed Big
River, to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith,
Necessary Sacrifices, The Widow Lincoln and The Guard, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the
American theatre landscape.

In the past decade, the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to
include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for
Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. Under the current leadership of the Board of
Trustees Chairman Phebe N. Novakovic and through the lens of Lincoln’s leadership and legacy, Ford’s
today endeavors to advance Lincoln’s “unfinished work” with programs and performances that cultivate
empathy, encourage dialogue and bridge divides in our American life.

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Comments (1)

I am so happy that Le was selected for this wonderful opportunity! I can't wait for her to share what she learned while in D.C. Congrats Le!
By: Kelly Steffen on July 12th 8:35pm

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