Loop briefs

March 22, 2007

Frederick hosts events on the death of Abraham Lincoln

FREDERICK, Md. - James L. Swanson, author of "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer," will discuss his book, his research, and the turbulent Civil War era on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12.

A variety of related events, listed below, take place in conjunction with Frederick Reads, which features Swanson's book this year. The Frederick County Public Libraries have copies of "Manhunt" available.

Frederick Reads is a series of interrelated events produced by a consortium of literary, academic, historical, cultural, business and residential supporters to foster the joy of reading.

The following activities are associated with Frederick Reads. Go to for the most up-to-date information.

Saturday, March 24 - Genealogy Symposium: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. The symposium will feature seminars by Jay Graybeal of the U.S. Army War College, Trevor Plante of the National Archives, and Brian Rokicki of the NMCWM on aspects of researching Civil War ancestors. Lunch is included, and space is limited. $50; $40 for Historical Society of Frederick County members. For information and a registration form, go to


Saturday, April 7, through Sunday, April 22 - Lincoln in Life & Death, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. In conjunction with Frederick Reads' focus on "Manhunt," the museum will host a temporary exhibit, "Lincoln in Life & Death." The exhibit will highlight a replica Lincoln coffin, as well as an original life mask and hand cast from the Gordon Damman collection. Regular museum admission rates apply.

Wednesday, April 11 - James L. Swanson will sign copies of his book, 2 p.m., Frederick Community College, Jack B. Kussmaul Theatre, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick.

Wednesday, April 11 - James L. Swanson will sign copies of his book, 7:30 p.m., The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Gardiner Pavilion, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick.

Thursday, April 12 - James L. Swanson interview with Marc Steiner for future broadcast on WYPR 88.1 FM, 3 p.m., Hood College's Whitaker Center, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick.

Thursday, April 12 - John Wilkes Booth: Dead or Alive?, 7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 301 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Md. Following Lincoln's assassination, conspiracy theories were widespread. Jeff Korman, director of the Maryland Department at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, presents one of the more unusual theories surrounding Booth: Was he really killed 12 days after he assassinated Lincoln? Or did Booth escape and die in Oklahoma in 1903? Korman presents the facts about both stories and lets listeners decide.

Saturday, April 14 - The Wounding and Death of President Abraham Lincoln, 2 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. In conjunction with the 2007 Frederick Reads Program and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine exhibition, "Lincoln in Life & Death," costumed interpreter Jason Grabill will present the medical aspects of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

For more information, call Marcia Hall at 301-600-1382, e-mail, or go to www.frederick

CATF announces 2007 productions

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Contemporary American Theater Festival announces its lineup of four plays for the 2007 season. Individual and group tickets are now available.

The festival runs from Friday, July 6, through Sunday, July 29. Producing director Ed Herendeen has gathered a collection of plays intended to delight and challenge the audience.

The 2007 CATF season:

"1001" by Jason Grote - In medieval Persia, Scheherazade weaves a desperate tale to spellbind a bloodthirsty king, while in modern times, a hopeful love story unfolds against the backdrops of Manhattan and Gaza.

"The Pursuit of Happiness" by Richard Dresser - The story of a middle-of-the-road couple with a nice house, dull but steady jobs, and a daughter who decides she does not want to attend college. Her decision throws into question everything that her parents have worked for and everything they believe the middle class is all about.

"My Name is Rachel Corrie" edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner - Based on the diaries of Rachel Corrie, a young woman from Washington state tragically killed in Gaza. From her wide-eyed middle school musings to her eye-opening Middle East reports, Rachel's voice is powerful and direct.

"Lonesome Hollow," a world premiere by Lee Blessing - A sober look into a "soonish" future where sex offenders are quarantined in mysterious penal colonies, where nude photographers are exiled along with brutal pedophiles, and all struggle to understand the new rules of crime and punishment under a government given extreme powers of authority.

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