Mar 16, 2009

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NEWSEUM ANNOUNCES APRIL 14 EVENING PROGRAM WITH LINCOLN SCHOLAR AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JAMES L. SWANSON

"Manhunt" Author Will Speak on the 144th Anniversary of Assassination

WHAT:

The author of "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer" will present a one-night-only dramatic retelling of the events surrounding the April 14, 1865 assassination of President Lincoln in a program titled "O Moody, Tearful Night!" The Lincoln Assassination in Memory and Myth.

WHO:

James L. Swanson, Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times best-seller "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer."

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m.

WHERE:

Newseum
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

BACKGROUND:

Lincoln scholar and best-selling author James L. Swanson will present a dramatic retelling of the events of April 14, 1865, when assassin John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln while the president was watching a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre. This evening event will take place on the 144th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination.

Swanson has spent much of his adult life tracing the history surrounding this American tragedy. He is the Edgar Award-winning author of The New York Times best-seller "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer" (Harper Perennial) and the just-published "Chasing Lincoln’s Killer" (Scholastic Press), an account for young readers of the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Swanson recently collaborated with the Newseum on the museum's "Manhunt" exhibition (on display now) that features 40 artifacts and documents from Swanson's personal collection, many of which are being displayed publicly for the first time.

The Newseum has a unique connection to Lincoln's assassination. The museum is located on the site of the National Hotel, a favorite of Booth's. He stayed in Room 228 before he shot the president at Ford's Theatre, and investigators later found evidence in his room connecting him to the assassination.

Seating is limited for this one-night-only presentation. Tickets are available at newseum.org. Tickets are $25 for general admission. Tickets for Newseum Press Pass members are $20. Proceeds from tickets for this event support the mission and education programs of the Newseum, a 501(c) (3) public charity.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Scholastic Inc. and Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins.

"O Moody, Tearful Night!" is one of several programs presented by the Newseum as part of the nationwide commemoration of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. For additional information about the Newseum’s "Manhunt" exhibit or other Lincoln-related programs, visit newseum.org.

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