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Carroll County Times

Gate House to hold event about Lincoln

On Sept. 19 from 7 9 p.m., in its ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Sykesville Gate House Museum will present "The Story of Lincoln's Assassin: John Wilkes Booth," a talk by local journalist and historian Bob Allen.

On April 15, 1865, a famous stage actor named John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln as he and his wife were watching a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Who was this man and what drove him to this violent, history-changing act? Bob Allen will discuss the biography of Booth and the history and politics behind Lincoln's assassination.

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The program will be held in the Council Meeting Room at the Sykesville Town House, 7547 Main St. Space is limited. The program is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. To register, call 410-549-5150 during museum hours or leave a message other times, or e-mail Dr. Fraser at

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