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Dedham Historical Society announces 2013-14 lecture series

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  September 11, 2013 09:30 AM

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A little known accomplice in the murder of Abraham Lincoln will form the subject of the kickoff lecture at the Dedham Historical Society later this month.

Kate Clifford Larson, an author, Harriet Tubman scholar, and adjunct faculty member at Simmons College, will discuss her 2008 book “The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surrat and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln.”

Larson will discuss the innocence of potential guilt of Surrat, who was hanged less than three months after her arrest at a boarding house on H Street in Washington D.C.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with a Civil War exhibit opening at the society later in the fall.

The lecture will be on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historical Society at 612 High St. It is free for society members and $5 for non-members.

Further lectures in the series include:

Thursday, Oct. 17: “Preserving Family Treasures” with Jessica Bitely, preservation specialist with the New England Documnt Conservation Center in North Andover

Thursday, Nov. 21: “History of Forest Hills Cemetery” with Anthony Sammarco

Thursday, Jan. 30: “Dedham’s Historic Districts” with Andrea Gilmore, director of Building Conservation Associates Inc.

Thursday, Mar. 27: “The World of Oriental Rugs: A Primer” with Michael Grogan, president and chief auctioneer of Grogan and Company

Thursday, Apr. 24: “Dedham Historical Society Civil War Collection” with Vicky L. Kruckeberg, executive director of the Dedham Historical Society

For more information on the lecture series, contact the Dedham Historical Society and Museum at 781 326 1385 or society@dedhamhistorical.org.

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