Skip to content

FieldTripZoom Zone: American Presidents

FieldTripZoom Class
Back      |      Help

Ford’s Theatre


Alexandria Wood
Education Programs Manager
514 10th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 639-1583

Ford’s Theatre celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education. A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

Ford’s Theatre will bring the story of President Lincoln’s assassination and the world of Civil War Washington into classrooms across the nation.


President Lincoln’s Legacy
Grades: 5-8thLength: 45 MinCategories: Government, HistoryTimes: February 12, 2018 10:10 am ESTFebruary 12, 2018 1:10 pm EST

Presented by Ford’s Theatre and the Lincoln Memorial: President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 may have been the end of his life, but it was the beginning of his legacy. From the Civil War to Civil Rights to today, Ford’s Theatre and the Lincoln Memorial have served as stages from which we celebrate President Lincoln and the things that mattered to him: unity, creativity and the right to rise.

Feb 12, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
Feb 12, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

James K. Polk Museum


301 W. 7th Street
Columbia, TN.

Phone: (931) 388-2354

Few people have accomplished more in their political career than James K. Polk. As a U.S. Congressman, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Tennessee, and by age 49, President of the United States, he had his wife Sarah by his side acting as his closest advisor. Together they changed America, doing much to expand its boundaries from Atlantic to Pacific.

The Polk Home now offers online, interactive educational programs. Teachers and students can participate in a class with the Polk Home’s Curator on James K. Polk, Polk and Slavery, and Sarah Polk.

James K. Polk: President of Manifest Destiny
Grades: 6-9thLength: 45 MinCategories: Government, HistoryTimes: February 21, 2018 10:10 am ESTFebruary 21, 2018 1:10 pm EST

James K. Polk is considered one of the most underrated but effective Presidents in American history. He oversaw the massive territorial expansion of the country through diplomacy with Great Britain and war against Mexico. He set the standard for American economics for the next eighty years. He is also responsible for starting the U.S. Naval Academy, the Washington Monument, and the use of postage stamps! What were Polk’s early influences? How did he become a politician? How did he manage to accomplish so much in a single term? What were the negative aspects of his life and career?

Feb 21, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
Feb 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute


40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, California 93065
Main Phone:
Fax: 805-520-9702

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center and The Air Force One Pavilion. Located in Simi Valley, California the Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 40,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President and First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan.

President Reagan and the Cold War
Grades: 6-12thLength: 45 MinCategories: American History, Government, HistoryTime: February 14, 2018 12:10 pm EST

During the 1980’s, the Communist threat reached new heights. Learn how President Reagan used his skills as a Great Communicator to negotiate with the Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, to help bring an end to the Cold War. Lesson and discussion broadcast live from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA.

Feb 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm EST

Virginia Historical Society


Evan Liddiard, Senior Education Specialist
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: 804.342.9689

The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) was founded in 1831, making it the fourth-oldest such institution in the nation. It has operated without interruption for more than 180 years, which makes it the oldest cultural institution in the Old Dominion. The VHS is the only organization dedicated to collecting and interpreting all of Virginia’s history—all areas, all time periods, and all people.

The Virginia Historical Society’s interactive programs offer informative and engaging experiences that bring history to life, while reinforcing the importance of primary source learning and historical inquiry. Our catalog of live, interactive programs covers all of Virginia’s history, from Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians through Virginia’s role in the American Revolution and the Civil War to the dramatic changes the Old Dominion experienced during the twentieth century.

The Pursuit of Liberty
Grades: 3rd-6thLength: 45 MinCategories: Government, HistoryTime: February 1, 2018 1:10 pm EST

This program examines the economic and government structure of life in the colonies, explores the impacts of British taxes and tariffs on the colonials, and investigates the roles of Virginians in declaring independence and waging the Revolutionary War. The audience will examine specific individuals and situations to promote an understanding of the Revolutionary experiences of many of our Founding Fathers. Famous Virginians such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Mason will be discussed as well as lesser known individuals like Anna Maria Lane and James Lafayette.

Feb 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST
Who Freed the Slaves?
Grades: 6-9thLength: 45 MinCategories: Government, HistoryTime: February 7, 2018 1:10 pm EST

This program focuses on an examination of political cartoons and paintings that highlight Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the end of slavery. Particular attention is paid to the role that enslaved African Americans played in their own emancipation. Students will engage in primary source analysis, and interpret the importance of these sources while learning about their historical context.

Feb 7, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

Keep Up With Future Changes

Our program is always growing and evolving. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see regular program updates and additions, as well as company news.