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Sept. 9: Lecture addresses Lincoln assassination from unique angle

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, as revealed through the stories of the stagehands, actors and workers on hand that night at Ford's Theatre, is the topic of a lecture Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Tom Bogar, former associate professor of education at Hood, will talk about his book, Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre. The scholarly narrative brings to light eyewitness accounts of the events before and immediately after the assassination, and follows many of the 46 theater performers and stagehands, whose careers were affected by their association with the incident, throughout their lives.

Following the lecture, Bogar will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.

Bogar has taught theater history, dramatic literature and theatrical production for four decades and directed more than 70 theatrical productions. He is also the author of American Presidents Attend the Theatre and a biography of John E. Owens, one of the most popular 19th century comic actors in America. He has written for a number of professional journals.

He is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and has served as a judge for Washington's Helen Hayes Theatre Awards.

The event is sponsored by Hood's English and history departments.

For more information, contact Mark Sandona, professor of English, at