Writer and historical reenactor Paul Bourget will present “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” a talk exploring the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln was in an extraordinary good mood on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. Five days before, Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. U.S. Grant at Appomattox, VA. Knowing that the President loved the theater, the First Lady suggested that they attend the outrageously funny comedy playing at Ford’s Theater, Our American Cousin, starring the renowned actress Laura Keene. During the performance, John Wilkes Booth slipped into the President’s box and fatally shot Abraham Lincoln. While the President lay dying across the Street, over 10,000 Federal soldiers, militia, and security agents embarked on the largest manhunt Washington City had ever seen. Booth and his co-conspirators knew that they had to flee to Richmond…but time was running out.
Seating is limited to 75 and is first-come, first-served.
Bourget is the owner and president of Bourget & Associates. He was the editor, researcher, and co-writer of Towers of Faith and Family, a history of Woonsocket’s St. Ann’s parish, and was the founding president of St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. He currently serves as the President of the Museum of Work & Culture’s Preservation Foundation, Treasurer of the Stadium Theatre Preservation Foundation, and a member of the Woonsocket School Committee. Bourget is also an experienced historical reenactor, portraying Brigadier General George Sears Greene, a native Rhode Islander and forgotten hero of Gettysburg.