Darien Teacher Attends Ford's Theatre Class

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Local Teacher Attends

National Endowment for the Humanities Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. – In March 2015, Diane Nelson, a local teacher from Darien School District #61, was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar from a pool of 235 applicants to attend The Seat of War and Peace: The Lincoln Assassination and Its Legacy, presented by Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.

During the July workshops, Ford's Theatre Education partnered with renowned Civil War scholars to offer lectures, place-based learning and digital resources to explore President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and its continuing resonance on American society. Participating scholars included Dr. Terry Alford, Dr. David Blight, Dr. Kenneth Foote, Dr. Richard Wightman Fox, Dr. Martha Hodes, Dr. Kate Masur, Dr. Sharita Jacobs Thompson and Dr. Kenneth Winkle.

The Seat of War and Peace workshops at Ford's Theatre were made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that annually supports summer study opportunities for teachers to engage with experts in humanities disciplines. The 72 teachers selected to participate in Seat of War and Peace each received a $1,200 stipend to help cover their travel, study and living expenses.

"As part of this year's commemorations marking 150 years since of the conclusion of the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre, we were thrilled to expand our summer offerings for teachers. It was exciting to watch teachers and scholars explore primary sources, visit sites where history was made, and develop lessons and activities about Lincoln's life and legacy that educators can share with their classrooms when they return home." said Ford's Theatre Director of Education Sarah Jencks.

The Seat of War and Peace workshop is one of 21 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered across America in summer 2015. The approximately 1,512 teachers who participate in the summer NEH programs will teach more than 189,000 American students in the coming school year. Visit www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs to learn more about the full NEH Landmarks Workshops offered this summer.

Ford's Theatre

Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, Ford's Theatre has celebrated Lincoln's legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford's Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit www.fords.org.

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