Newsletter for April 10 to April 16, 2020 Newsletter for April 10 to April 16, 2020


Ford's Theatre Digital Programs

Although Ford's Theatre is currently closed, you can enjoy a virtual tour of Ford's Theatre, the Petersen House and the museum exhibits. In the theatre, see the view from the President's Box, where Abraham Lincoln sat the night of his assassination in April 1865. In the Petersen House, look into the back bedroom where Lincoln died. See the front parlor where Mary Lincoln waited for news of her husband's condition. Explore historic images that show how the theatre and Petersen House looked in the 1860s and how they have changed over the last 150 years. You can also walk through two exhibit spaces and see artifacts on display. Also, check out the app, Voices of the Peterson House, a virtual reality time travel experience.


During President Lincoln's administration, the federal city of Washington, DC, developed a unique form of social distancing as strategic buttresses transformed the young capital into one of the world's most fortified cities. On hills surrounding the nation's capital are the remnants of a complex system of Civil War fortifications. By 1865, 68 forts and 93 batteries armed with over 800 cannons encircled Washington, DC. Visit the website of the National Park Service to get an overview of the Civil War Defenses of Washington and the roles of Fort Stevens and other DC forts in the Civil War. Learn how you can visit 17 of the original sites while adhering to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities. 

As the local economic impacts of the coronavirus mount, Washington, DC's business improvement districts (BIDs) are helping to lay the groundwork for economic recovery efforts. BIDs in Adams Morgan, Downtown DC and Southwest DC are among those bringing together stakeholders and building the private public partnerships to help the city's neighborhoods recover. Individual BIDs are working with their boards to repurpose funds to support relief and recovery efforts tailored to DC's needs and priorities. They also are offering support to the food and beverage industry -- and you can, too, by purchasing Restaurant Bonds or gift cards from those in your neighborhood. #RestaurantBonds

Friday, April 10
Exhibit: Portrait of an Agency
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum 

Exhibit: Lincoln from Postmaster to President
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Saturday, April 11
Event: Yoga from the Garden
U.S. Botanic Garden

Event: Edo Avant Garde: Online Q&A with Linda Hoaglund
Smithsonian Asian Art Museum

Sunday, April 12
Play: Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes
Synetic Theater

Exhibit: First Ladies
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Monday, April 13
Exhibit: Hill Center 2020 Regional Juried Exhibit
Hill Center

Tuesday, April 14
Play: Recordings of The Folger Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Wednesdays, April 15
Exhibit: Trieste 60th Anniversary
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Thursday, April 16
Event: Emotional Intelligence in Crisis Workshop
President Lincoln's Cottage 

Exhibit: Stories and Secrets from
the O

O Street Museum





Newsletter for April 10 to April 16, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website


Virtual Chat Series: Dancers in Rehearsal

Join the founder and artistic director of Chamber Dance Project (CDP) and her dancers for an informal open rehearsal online Tuesday, April 14, from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. In the second episode of CDP's new Virtual Chat Series, viewers will experience the process of creating and adapting movement that tells a story. Chamber Dance Project will announce new dates for its 2020 season soon. In the meantime, support the organization by bidding on more than 60 items in its online auction, which closes April 15.

Franciscan Monastery

Dedicated in 1898, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is one of DC's most beautiful destinations. Visitors to its webpage can enjoy virtual tours of the monastery grounds. See the cloister walk and more than 1,000 roses, beautiful native trees and plants in their contemplative gardens. You may also use the monastery's interactive map to see photos and videos from the inside of the church, which is closed through April.

Cultural Tourism DC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails continue to be a great choice for solitary walks and gentle exercise. These self-guided walks are the official walking trails of the District of Columbia and are one- to two-mile treks. Punctuated by large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps, the trails bring DC history to life. Select one of the 17 heritage trails and get some fresh air, or relax and enjoy reading a Heritage Trail guidebook or listening to an audio tour!

Federal Triangle

Make No Little Plans: Federal Triangle Heritage Trail invites you to explore the buildings between the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House along Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW. Constructed during the Great Depression, public servants carry out the Constitution's mission where Washingtonians once shopped and lived. Discover the old neighborhood while unlocking secrets of the buildings that replaced it. The trail consists of 16 illustrated signs and can be walked in any order. It provides approximately one hour of gentle exercise.

Greater U Street

The Greater U Street Heritage Trail tells the story of one of Washington's great neighborhoods, where an African American community flourished in the early 20th century. Listen to the audio tour as you stroll through the U Street neighborhood. City Within a City: Greater U Street heritage trail's 14 signs help you discover landmarks important to the history of jazz, learn about African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War, and read about the neighborhood's renaissance.


April 18
Align: Art & Spirituality Series
Tenleytown Main Street BID


May 19
Adams Morgan Movie Nights
Adams Morgan BID


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