The Mystery of Dr. Samuel Mudd and John Wilkes Booth
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm
East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbott Rd. - East Lansing, MI
Civil War Love Letters
Saturday, April 11, 2:00 pm
Library of Michigan Auditorium
702 W. Kalamazoo St. - Lansing, MI
The Historical Society of Greater Lansing continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln this week with two events highlighting different aspects of the War Between the States.
Thomas Mudd, the great grandson of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted of aiding the assassin John Wilkes Booth, will bring his case to the East Lansing Public Library, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 9. Mr. Mudd will argue that his infamous relative was not complicit with Booth involving the assassination. The event is co-sponsored by teh Friends of the East Lansing Public Library.
On Saturday, April 11 at 2 pm in the Library of Michigan auditorium Erik Nelson, manager of the English Inn, and his spouse Kristin will do a dramatic reading of the Civil War letters sent by Michigan Union Soldier Nathan Adams to Emily Parsons between 1861 and 1865. The letters are held in the Library of Michigan's Rare Book Room where they will be displayed along with other Civil War era items.
The event, which is cohosted by the Library of Michigan, draws attention to the importance of preserving letters and other family history, said Valerie Marvin, President of the Society.
In addition, Lansing collector Rick Brown will showcase his Travelling Lincoln Assassination Museum at the East Lansing Public Library, 11 am to 7 pm April 7, 8, and 9. The exhibit, containing more than 30 rare items relating to the assassination, will then move to the downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library for three days, 11 am - 7 pm, April 14, 15, and 16. (Lincoln died from his wounds on April 15.