This is the weekend of the annual Lincoln Assassination Conference put on by the Surratt House Museum and the Surratt Society. It is a time when all of us crazy Boothies descend onto Southern Maryland and discuss the fascinating minutiae regarding Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The core of the conference is on Saturday with six speakers presenting on a range of topics.
It’s going to be another recording breaking year for attendance with about 140 people signed up. However, knowing that many of our friends and colleagues are not able to make the trip this year, I’ve decided to put my newly created @BoothieBarn Twitter account to good use. Over the next couple of days, I will be tweeting pictures and updates from the conference keeping you all informed about our activities. I’ll be using the hash tag #Surratt2014 to identify those relating to the conference. In this way, even long after the conference is over, you can still search Twitter for that hash tag to see what it was like.
While the Surratt House always schedules wonderful bus tours for the Friday and Sunday around the conference, today I will be foregoing that in order to take a few colleagues around to the assassination sites around Charles County, Maryland. My guests are Heath Atkinson and his brother Josh, along with my long time friend and accomplice, Jim Garrett. Heath runs the @ALassassination Twitter account and Jim is a registered speaker for this year’s conference along with his co-author, Rich Smyth. Even though our trip isn’t really connected with the conference, I’ll still be using the hash tag #Surratt 2014 to document our adventure today.
Well that’s all for now. Be sure to follow @ALassassination and @BoothieBarn on Twitter to see how #Surratt2014 plays out.