Newseum Hosts Lincoln Scholar on Anniversary of Assasination

The Newseum paid respect to the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination last evening by hosting James L. Swanson, “Manhunt” author and Lincoln scholar for a lecture co-sponsored by HarperCollins and Scholastics.

During his presentation, Swanson pointed out that the Newseum is built on the former site of the National Hotel – the residence of John Wilkes Booth on the evening that he assassinated Lincoln at Ford’s Theater.

Swanson offered insight into his next book(s) that will cover in detail; Lincoln’s funeral, the funeral train procession, and how Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was a great American hero.

In addition to headlining the event, Swanson loaned the Newseum his private collection of rare Lincoln artifacts that will be on exhibit until April 26.