A Trip to Gettysburg with Boothie Results

Today, I drove up to Gettysburg, PA.  While in Gettysburg, I spent some time looking at a few antique stores and a museum.

At one antique store, I found and purchased these two newspapers:

Harper's Weekly - Edwin Booth Sam and Mike - Philadelphia Inquirer

Another antique store had this stereoview card of the room in which Lincoln died, but it was a bit out of my price range:

Lincoln Deathroom

I then went to the Gettysburg Museum of History. Those of you who watch the History channel show, American Pickers, might remember one episode in which the pickers, Mike and Frank, are commissioned by the curator of the Gettysburg Museum of History to find some items for him. The museum is quite remarkable with a large and varied collection of items. In particular interest to me was this shelf of Lincoln and Lincoln assassination related materials:

Gettysburg Museum of History

John Wilkes Booth playbill

John Wilkes Booth playbill


Bells and Songbook - Gettysburg

Bells and songbook from Ford’s Theatre


Piece of towel that was placed around Lincoln's head to stop the bleeding next to one of the few authentic locks of Lincoln's hair.

Piece of towel that was placed around Lincoln’s head to stop the bleeding next to one of the few authentic locks of Lincoln’s hair.


A piece of Booth's splint

A piece of Booth’s splint

There are many other items in the collection worth seeing, including an entire room devoted to JFK and his assassination.  So, next time you’re in Gettysburg, check out the Gettysburg Museum of History.

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  1. Richard Sloan

    DAVE — what was the name of the antique shop that had the stereo card of the room in which Lincoln died, and what was the price?!

    • Richard,

      The price was $190 and it was at The Antique Center of Gettysburg. If you buy it, I expect a nice scan of it. ūüôā

  2. Hi Dave,
    You are so lucky to be able to visit these cool places. I have that Harper’s newspaper with Edwin Booth (if you look under the image, he’s refered to Edwin Forrest Booth, even though he was named after Edwin Forrest by his father JBB). I also have several CDVs of JWB likes the ones from museum, I purchased them directly thru Jonathan Mann at The Rail Splitter years ago, among other items. I need to find some time to start cataloging my collection and find a way to showcase them.

    BTW, did you see the link I emailed you on JWB’s lock of hair that was sold at a Christie’s auction?

    • Carolyn,

      I want to let you know that while I wanted to show off the Harper’s Weekly first, I was also going to offer to send it to you for your collection if you didn’t have it. It was going to be my thank you for all the “advertising” for BoothieBarn you do on the Spirits of Tudor Hall page. I’ll have to keep my eye open for another, relatively inexpensive Edwin item to shoot your way one of these days.

      I noticed it said Edwin Forrest Booth right away. You’d think Edwin Thomas Booth would be famous enough not to have mistakes like that in the press.

      If you start a little Edwin Booth museum of your own, I’ll certainly make my way out to California one of these days to pay it a visit!

      Thanks for the Christie’s auction info. At first I thought it was for sale now and I was so excited (not that I could ever afford it). When I’m low on ideas, I’ll put it up here to share.

  3. Heath

    Is that stereo card of the Petersen House? It doesn’t look like it.

  4. What is that little head in the bell jar??!!

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