This month will mark the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This milestone will be accompanied by MANY events, exhibits, and talks. I, for one, plan to be very busy during the next few weeks. Below is just a sampling of some of the more notable Lincoln assassination events that are planned for this historic month. Take a look at the events below and be sure to visit the Calendar section of this site for a full list of events.
“A Fiendish Assassination” opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois
- In addition to their, “Undying Words” exhibit, the ALPLM in Springfield will debut a new exhibit on the assassination featuring items never before seen by the general public. The exhibit runs until mid-July. For more information, click here.
Author Terry Alford will give talk on his book, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
- As part of the Archives’ “Noon Book Lectures” series, Dr. Alford will discuss his biography of the assassin. For more information and to make your free reservation for the event, click here.
“The Mystery of Dr. Mudd & John Wilkes Booth” presented by Tom Mudd, a descendant of Dr. Mudd, in East Lansing, Michigan
- While I don’t always agree with Tom Mudd regarding his descendant’s innocence, it is always a treat to hear him talk about his famous ancestor. For more information, click here.
“A House Divided: Edwin and John Wilkes Booth” presented by Dave Taylor (Hey, that’s me!) at the Booth family home of Tudor Hall in Bel Air, Maryland
- I’m honored to be speaking at the home of the Booths about the siblings Edwin and John Wilkes. If you attend, please come up and say hi after. For more information, click the image above.
James Swanson, author of the book, Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, will speak at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
- James Swanson will discuss his own interest and study of Lincoln’s assassination. For more information, click here.
“Lincoln’s Legacy: An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.
- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals, will discuss Lincoln’s enduring legacy. In addition, the chair Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated, will be put on special display for this event and the following day. For more information, click here.
“Lincoln’s Last Days” debuts on the Smithsonian Channel.
- At 8 pm EST, Smithsonian Channel will debut its newest documentary about the death of Lincoln. For more information and additional showtimes, click here.
“Horror! Horror! Most Dreadful News!: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” presented by Scott Schroeder in Bloomington, Indiana
- While they are many talks planned in Indiana on April 14th (check out the Calendar page for a full listing), if you are in the Midwest, I highly recommend you attend this one by Scott Schroeder. This is the first of three lectures Scott will give on the subject of Lincoln’s assassination which shows his deep familiarity and knowledge on the subject. For more information, click here.
Lincoln’s Last Hours at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland
- The NMHM is planning an open house and several commemorative events for April 14th and 15th. For more information, click here.
The Lincoln Tribute at Ford’s Theatre
The entire Ford’s Theatre campus will be bustling with activity for a 36 hour period between April 14th and 15th. Reenactors in period garb will be out on 10th St. discussing the end of the Civil War and the hopes of reconciliation under President Lincoln. Those hopes will be shattered upon the “news” of Lincoln’s assassination and the night’s deathwatch. In addition to this free and public reenactment, several ticketed events will occur that night:
- Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration is a one time performance taking place inside Ford’s Theatre at 9 pm on April 14th. This event will also be streamed live at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and online.
- A series of three, Behind the Scenes Tour with Brian Anderson are planned over April 14th and 15th. Mr. Anderson is the author of the book, Images of America: Ford’s Theatre.
- At midnight on April 15th, author of Manhunt, James Swanson, will provide his own, insightful tour of Ford’s Theatre.
“A Vigil for President Lincoln (An Evening of Readings)” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL
- In addition to the many wonderful exhibits the ALPLM in putting on in recognition of the Lincoln 150th, they will be presenting an evening’s vigil for the President. For more information, click here.
7:22 am Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Petersen House in Washington, D.C.
- Each year, the National Park Service honors Lincoln’s memory by laying a wreath at the Petersen House, when Lincoln died. This year’s ceremony will be accompanied by the church bells of Washington ringing out in memory of our fallen leader.
Author Harold Holzer will give talk on his book, President Lincoln Assassinated!!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
- As part of the Archives’ “Noon Book Lectures” series, Harold Holzer will discuss his book. For more information and to make your free reservation for the event, click here.
American Civil War Roundtable (UK) Conference featuring author, Michael Kauffman
- Residents of the United Kingdom aren’t being left out of all the Lincoln assassination events. Michael Kauffman, author of American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies, will be giving two speeches at the ACWRT’s Conference in Ascot, Berkshire, England. For more information on this three day conference, click here.
April 17th – 19th:
Lincoln 150: On the Trail of the Assassin in Charles County, Maryland
During this weekend long commemoration, Charles County will be having many events relating the story of John Wilkes Booth’s escape through Charles County. The events include:
- An Evening of Civil War Music and Words at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD
- A Global View of The Escape at James E. Richmond Science Center in Waldorf, MD
- Lincoln 150 – On the Trail of the Assassin at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House in Waldorf, MD
- Villains, Rebels & Rogues at Rich Hill, the home of Samuel Cox, in Bel Alton, MD (I, Dave Taylor, will be giving tours and talks here)
- Conspiracy – The Talk of Port Tobacco in Port Tobacco, MD
Here’s a commercial and an interview I did with the Charles County Government about the event and my interest in John Wilkes Booth:
For more information about the Charles County Lincoln 150, click here.
“The President is Shot! The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Hunt for his Assassin” presented by Geoff Elliot in Loudonville, Ohio
- Geoff Elliot runs the Abraham Lincoln Blog and has a large following on Twittter as @Mr_Lincoln. For more information on his speech, click here.
“Horror! Horror! Most Dreadful News!: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” presented by Scott Schroeder in Crawfordsville, Indiana
- Couldn’t attend Scott Schroeder’s speech on the 14th? Here’s your second chance when he speaks at the home of the Lew Wallace, a member of the military commission that tried the Lincoln conspirators. For more information, click here.
April 24th – 26th:
“Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Capture of Lincoln’s Assassin” in Caroline County, Virginia
- Caroline County, Virginia will commemorate the death of John Wilkes Booth with a weekend long event including a bus tour of Booth’s route through Virginia, a speech by author Terry Alford, and a lunch with Mr. and Mrs Lincoln. For more information about the three day event, including how to register, click here.
A Walking Tour of Lincoln’s New York Funeral Procession by Richard Sloan in New York City, New York
- Richard Sloan will present a walking tour of some of the sites Lincoln’s hearse passed in NYC. Reserve your space by contacting the Lincoln Group of New York.
“Luther Baker and the Capture of John Wilkes Booth” presented by Steve Miller in Lansing, Michigan
- Learn about the manhunt and death of Booth by a leading expert on his capture, Steve Miller. For more information, click here.
“John Wilkes Booth and Tudor Hall” presented by Jim Garrett at the Booth family home of Tudor Hall in Bel Air, Maryland
- Jim Garrett will provide a wonderful history of Tudor Hall, the home of the illustrious Booth family, and the black sheep of the family, John Wilkes Booth. For more information, click here.
Garrett Farm Historical Marker Unveiling in Port Royal, Virginia
- The historic highway marker located at the site of the Garrett farmhouse where John Wilkes Booth died was stolen a few months back. The Surratt Society raised funds to create a new sign with updated text. Join us on April 26th at 2:00pm at the Port Royal Museum of American History in Port Royal, Virginia, for the unveiling of the new sign.
Undying Words: Lincoln 1858 – 1865 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL
A Fiendish Assassination at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL
Remembering Lincoln at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL
Now He Belongs to the Ages at the Lincoln Heritage Museum in Lincoln, IL
A Nation in Tears: 150 Years after Lincoln’s Death at the University of Illinois’ Rare Book and Manuscript Library in Champaign-Urbana, IL
So Costly a Sacrifice: Lincoln and Loss at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, IN
Autopsy for a Nation: The Death of Abraham Lincoln at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY
The Attempted Assassination of William Seward at the Seward House in Auburn, NY
Shooting Lincoln at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA
His Wound is Mortal: The Final Hours of President Abraham Lincoln at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland
President Lincoln Is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Full Story: Maryland, The Surratts, and the Crime of the Century at the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, MD
#Todayin1865 tweets from @fordstheatre and @BoothieBarn
Remembering Lincoln a digital archives project by Ford’s Theatre: