"We just started up the museum because of the location," Baty says. "We also wanted to make a space available for charitable events."
"Not everyone has read the file that the FBI kept on the duke and duchess. But I have."
(He goes on to explain that the files contains just four letters, all obviously penned by crackpots.)
As Letzer sees it, Baty's museum is a step in the right direction. So are the commemorative flags — also conceived by Baty — displayed throughout Mount Vernon.
After all, it's not as though Wallis Simpson's memory is going to fade away.
"What interests me about the duchess is that she endures," Letzer says.
"Seventy-five years after the abdication, they're still talking about her. Not about him — about her. She was a commoner, and she changed the course of history."
If you go
The British author and royals expert Hugo Vickers will lecture about his book, "Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold Story of the Duchess of Windsor," at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Tickets cost $35 for historical society members and $50 for nonmembers. Call 410-685-3750.