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To mark the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the College of Southern Maryland is hosting a lecture and dramatic presentation from 6 to 8:30 p.m., April 17 at the La Plata Campus.
An Evening of Civil War Music and Words begins with a lecture by CSM Professor of History Dr. Christine Arnold-Lourie on the role of Charles County during the Civil War. The lecture will include a question-and-answer session.
Lincoln is the first sitting president in the United States to be assassinated. His assassin John Wilkes Booth fled Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, traveling through Prince Georges County and hiding in Charles County before being caught and killed 12 days later in Port Royal, Virginia.
Arnold-Lourie is a frequent lecturer on the history of Charles County. So often, history tells only the big storieslike the hunt for John Wilkes Booth. This lecture goes beyond the national headlines of the day to look at the effects of war on Charles County. Learning about the struggles and joys of everyday life will help make the past real and alive.
The evening continues with a dramatic presentation with music performed by CSM theater students under the direction of CSM Associate Professor of Theatre Keith Hight. Music will be provided by Michael K. Santana, an adjunct instructor in music at CSM.
Admission to this event is free. For information, visit http://csmd.edu/Arts or call 301-934-7828. For information on On the Trail of the Assassin and other associated events, visit http://www.charlescountymd.gov/Lincoln150.
CSM Lecture: An Evening of Civil War Music and Words. 6 to 8:30 p.m., April 17. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI), Chaney Enterprises Conference Room, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Dr. Christine Arnold-Lourie will lecture on Charles Countys role in the Civil War. A dramatic presentation with music performed by CSM theater students will follow. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-934-7828, http://csmd.edu/Arts.