Annual Conference

Annual Conference

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Join us for our Annual Conference!

Gain Knowledge. Engage in Discussion. Connect with Fellow History Lovers. 


Lincoln's Assassination: Snapshots From The Big Picture

It’s our 21st Annual Conference, and we are once again covering historical aspects related to the Lincoln assassination.  The theme this year could be said to be a “potluck” of related topics that have grown out of the main event.  From an in-depth overview of Booth’s fiancée, Lucy Hale, to germ warfare; post-1865 history of Ford’s Theatre; life at Fort Jefferson; trial commissioner, Lew Wallace; and the 1995 court case regarding the exhumation of Booth’s body. 

Again, we will be offering two outstanding tours on Friday and Sunday of the conference.  The first takes us to nearby Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to visit two maritime-related museums: The Capt. Salem Avery House highlights a ca. 1860, modest home of an oysterman on the Chesapeake Bay, and London Town and Gardens will transport us back to the early-1700s and a bustling commercial area.  On Sunday, our bus will head to Richmond, Virginia, for a wonderful history lesson at the new American Civil War Museum and on to Tuckahoe Plantation, where Thomas Jefferson spent his childhood. Separate reservations are required for each on a first-come basis. . Click here for more information on our tours.

An opening reception at the museum’s James O. Hall Research Center will be held on Friday evening, beginning at 5:30 pm. Saturday night’s banquet will feature music from the group the Special Blend Quartet!

Click the links above for detailed info about registration, our speakers, and more!

ATTENTION: The Surratt House Museum and offices will be closed on Saturday, April 4, 2020, as all staff will be off-site participating in the Surratt Society Conference.

The museum and offices will resume normal operating hours on Sunday, April 5, 2020. For normal operating hours , please click hereFor more information about museum closures and closure procedures, please click here.
If you have concerns, please contact the office staff, during office hours (Monday through Friday 9am-5pm) at 301-868-1121.