- Discovery Education and Ford's Theatre are teaming up to offer an interactive, virtual field trip to mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
- The live event will occur on March 26 at 1 P.M. ET, though the tragedy itself actually occurred on April 14, 1865.
- Ford's Theatre teaching artists Thembi Duncan and Stephen F. Schmidt will provide historical insight and context during the event, and it will be hosted by Discovery Education's Kyle Schutt.
The virtual field trip is part of a series of events marking the assassination's anniversary and will provide a tour of the working theatre, a look at The Petersen House (where Lincoln died), and details on Lincoln's legacy and the conspiracy that led to his killing.
It's one thing to teach kids about the impact of historical events like this, but having the opportunity to have historians actually guide them through the locations — even virtually — is invaluable. Simply put, doing so gives students additional context that allows them to really get a feel for exactly what happened. Additionally, the virtual field trip will allow participating classrooms to submit questions that will be answered live during the event.
Registration is free, and Discovery and Ford's have also assembled a selection of classroom activities that will be available from the registration page soon.