Lincoln and Booth: One Mad Act and Its Expiation | Morrison House Present Dr. Terry Alford

Event Date

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 / 703-838-8000

In relating the story of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and John Wilkes Booth’s escape, flight, and death, scholar Terry Alford will introduce fresh details and insights about the most consequential murder of the 19th century. Did Lincoln know Booth, and what did he think of him? Did Booth regret his actions? Did a budding romance between a Virginia couple accidently lead to Booth’s own death? Dr. Alford is a Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State University and did post-doctoral work in family history at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Alford is not only a founding board member of the Abraham Lincoln Institute of Washington, D.C. but also a nationally recognized authority on John Wilkes Booth, having published Fortune’s Fool: The Biography of John Wilkes Booth (Oxford University Press) in 2011. In addition Dr. Alford has been a historical consultant on a number of films and documentaries—most recently “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis—and has appeared on 20/20, ABC News, the History Channel, the Discovery Network, and PBS.The series is sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association, the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, and the Morrison House Hotel. Cocktails will be available for purchase through The Grille at Morrison House Hotel, and dinner reservations can be made for guests who would like to continue their experience following the event.