Surratt Conference 2014

This is the weekend of the annual Lincoln Assassination Conference put on by the Surratt House Museum and the Surratt Society.  It is a time when all of us crazy Boothies descend onto Southern Maryland and discuss the fascinating minutiae regarding Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.  The core of the conference is on Saturday with six speakers presenting on a range of topics.


It’s going to be another recording breaking year for attendance with about 140 people signed up.  However, knowing that many of our friends and colleagues are not able to make the trip this year, I’ve decided to put my newly created @BoothieBarn Twitter account to good use.  Over the next couple of days, I will be tweeting pictures and updates from the conference keeping you all informed about our activities.  I’ll be using the hash tag #Surratt2014 to identify those relating to the conference.  In this way, even long after the conference is over, you can still search Twitter for that hash tag to see what it was like.

While the Surratt House always schedules wonderful bus tours for the Friday and Sunday around the conference, today I will be foregoing that in order to take a few colleagues around to the assassination sites around Charles County, Maryland.  My guests are Heath Atkinson and his brother Josh, along with my long time friend and accomplice, Jim Garrett.  Heath runs the @ALassassination Twitter account and Jim is a registered speaker for this year’s conference along with his co-author, Rich Smyth.  Even though our trip isn’t really connected with the conference, I’ll still be using the hash tag #Surratt 2014 to document our adventure today.

Well that’s all for now. Be sure to follow @ALassassination and @BoothieBarn on Twitter to see how #Surratt2014 plays out.

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5 thoughts on “Surratt Conference 2014

  1. No way!! How have I never heard of this before?? I’ll definitely need to go in the future

  2. Jim Garrett will be at Tudor Hall on April 27, July 13, Aug. 10 at 2:00 PM for a special tour titled: “John Wilkes Booth and Tudor Hall” The cost is $5.00 for those age 13 and older. For more information: 443-619-0008 or

  3. Dave and Heath, thank you very much for including the award in your tweets. Joe was able to get his phone close enough to Louise so I was able to hear part of what she said. I was so surprised and got a little emotional on the phone with Joe. I am not very good at conveying feelings of gratitude so simply saying “thank you” is the best I can do at this moment. Much appreciated, believe me!

    • Roger,

      You are worthy of countless awards and acclaim for all the work you have done helping students of Lincoln. I am honored to have you as a friend and mentor.

  4. John C. Fazio


    Sorry we did not have a chance to hob-nob a little at the Conference, as planned. I had a health issue and was lucky to get home alive. You have heard that there are no atheists in foxholes. But have you heard that there are none in ER’s either? Take my word for it.


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