We are planning a journey back in time on, April 14, 2015 at the Grand Event Center. We will take you to Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. to witness the events on that evening that changed the course of history forever.
On April 14 1865 President Abraham Lincoln arrived late to the play, but was in good spirits. Midway through the act, John Wilks Booth shoots President Lincoln in the back of the head, he then stabs Henry Rathbone who was seated next to the President. After booth jumps from the box to the stage, shouts “Sic semper tyrannis!” (“Thus ever to tyrants!”–the Virginia state motto)”, he breaks his leg but manages to escape the theater and Washington D.C.
We are going to recreate a portion of the play, Our American Cousin, in which President Abraham Lincoln was shot. Jim Stark will start off the evening with a summary of the events that lead John Wilks Booth assassinating the 16th President of the United States. You will then witness a portion of the play and the assassination. Afterwards, St. Olaf Professor Michael Fitzgerald will give a summary of how the country reacted to the assassination.
Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door. There is assigned seating and no spot is guaranteed the day of the event. Doors open at 6:30 with the program starting at 7:00 0.m.
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