July monthly talk: “Lincoln and Houdini?” July 20th

Leo Hevia will present a fascinating talk on the connection between Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist and magician, and Abraham Lincoln. Even though they lived a generation apart, Lincoln was a childhood hero of Houdini, who collected many books and Lincoln memorabilia. In later life, Houdini also exposed many of the fake spiritualists who claimed to have made contact with the dead president.

The presentation will be July 20, 2019. All of our talks are free to the public and begin at 1 pm in the Exhibit Building. Seating is limited, so please come early!

The Mudd House Museum is open from 11 am to 4 pm for guided tours. The last tour begins at 3:30 pm. Tours of the House are $7 for adults, $2 for children aged 6-11, and children 5 and under are free.

An iconic photograph of a bearded Abraham Lincoln showing his head and shoulders.

“Home Sweet Home” 150th Homecoming Event this weekend! Schedule posted!

All,
The big weekend is finally upon us! This weekend dozens of Mudd descendants will flock to St. Catherine for a family reunion in honor of the 150th anniversary of Dr. Mudd’s return from prison. The event is broken down into two days. Friday is for descendants who pre-registered. Saturday the house is open for its normal tour hours and normal pricing, however, if you visit us on Saturday you will receive much more for your entry fee. Below is a schedule for both days. Sunday, we return to our normal tour schedule. As always, the schedule is tentative and subject to change by the event staff. If you have any questions, please contact us! We hope to see you this weekend!

“Home Sweet Home” the 150th  Anniversary of  the homecoming of  DR. SAMUEL MUDD

FRIDAY FAMILY REUNION 

JUNE 28, 2019

12 NOON: REGISTER AND GET NAME TAGS IN GIFT SHOP

1:00- COLOR GUARD AND FLAG RAISING

OPENING CEREMONIES:

WELCOME- DONNA PETERSON

PRESIDENT- PHIL BRANDENBERG

DOCENT – BOB BOWSER

GOV. HOGAN’S ENVOY – GRETCHEN HARDMAN

GREAT GRANDSON – TOM MUDD

C.C. COMMISSIONER PRESIDENT – R. COLLINS

V.PRESIDENT- EDDIE ROBERTS

C.C. COMMISSIONER – BJ.BOWLING

1:30- REANACTMENT OF RETURN HOME (B0B BOWSER)

1:40- 3:00- MUDD FAMILY BAND (UNDER THE TENT)

1:40- 3:30-OPEN HOUSE – FAMILY TOURING THE HOUSE, GIFT SHOP AND FARM

3:15- “DR. MUDD THE MAN, MEDICINE AND THE MOVIES”   RICHARD WILLING   (UNDER THE TENT)

4:00-“My Dearest Darling: The Letters of Sam and Sarah Mudd” BY BOB BOWSER & KATE TAYLOR

5:30- DINNER

SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019

11:00 – 4:00

CIVIL WAR DISPLAYS UNDER THE TENT (all day)

CHARLES COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

(broadcasting from the museum )

MUDD FAMILY BAND (THROUGHOUT THE DAY)

12:00 – “ SOUTHERN MIX” – BARBERSHOP SINGERS

1:00 – DR. MUDD HOMECOMING REENACTMENT

1:15 – “My Dearest Darling: The  Letters of Sam and Sarah Mudd” BY KATE TAYLOR & BOB BOWSER (under the tent)

1:45 – MUDD FAMILY INTERESTED IN SEEING THE WILLIAM MUDD HOME TO MEET IN FRONT PARKING LOT. DOCENT BILL MARTIN TO LEAD CARAVAN.

2:45 – THE MUDD FAMILY BAND

7:00 – FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION, THERE WILL BE A SESSION HERE TONIGHT. THERE IS A FEE FOR THE SESSION.

 

 

June 15th Monthly Talk: Ghosts During the Civil War by Michelle Hamilton!

Back by popular demand, Michelle Hamilton, author of “Civil War Ghosts’, will take a look inside actual reporting of paranormal activity during the time of the Civil War. The presentation will be June 15, 2019. All of our talks are free to the public and will begin at 1 pm in the Exhibit Building. Seating is limited, so please come early! Michelle joined us last year for a discussion on Spiritualism at the Lincoln White House and received rave reviews from our visitors!

The Mudd House Museum is open from 11 am to 4 pm for guided tours. The last tour begins at 3:30 pm. Tours of the House are $7 for adults, $2 for children aged 6-11, and children 5 and under are free.michelle hamilton

Home Sweet Home: 150th Pardon Anniversary Reunion June 28-29, 2019

Folks,

We are excited to announce that the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Society will be hosting a reunion celebration for the 150th anniversary of the pardon of Dr. Mudd. On Friday June 28, descendants of Dr. Mudd are invited to register for a private reunion ceremony that begins at one and runs into the evening. The event will include speeches by local politicians, historians, tours of the house, a reenactment of Dr. Mudd’s return to the farm, and a play entitled “My Dearest Darling: the Letters of Dr. and Mrs. Mudd.” The evening will be culminated by a catered dinner. Everyone must pre-register and pay for their dinner prior to the event. If you are a descendant and are interested, please contact us at muddnews@gmail.com and we will send you instructions to register.

Saturday, June 29, the House will be open like a traditional Saturday for the family, as well as the public. We will run a schedule of special events that include the play, the reenactment, as well as having both Union and Confederate reenactors interpret the life of the Civil War soldier, and much more!

This is shaping up to be a once in a lifetime experience! Don’t miss out on the opportunity!

Please email us at muddnews@gmail.com with questions!

We hope to see you in June!

 

Saturday Lecture Series: May 18!

Please join Samuel Mudd House docent, Jim Rather, as he delivers an in-depth look at Dr. Samuel Mudd and his role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The presentation will include several thought-provoking “what if” questions.

The presentation will be May 18, 2019. All of our talks are free to the public and will begin at 1 pm in the Exhibit Building. Seating is limited, so please come early!

The Mudd House Museum is open from 11 am to 4 pm for guided tours. The last tour begins at 3:30 pm. Tours of the House are $7 for adults, $2 for children aged 6-11, and children 5 and under are free.

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May 11th “Tracking an Assassin” Walking Tours!

We are happy to announce that our popular guided walking tour “Tracking an Assassin” will be offered on Saturday May 11, 2019! Join us at Noon and 2:00 pm , as we walk on the historic route that John Wilkes Booth and David Herold used to enter the Zekiah Samp
 
The tour uses primary source accounts to retrace the footsteps of Booth and Herold as they exited the Mudd property on the night of April 15th. It also details the events that occurred on the farm in the days that followed, as well as what life on the farm was like in 1865.
 
These unique 1 hour guided walking tours take you to places rarely visited on the Mudd farm, including the banks of the Zekiah Swamp. The walk will last about 1 hour in length and covers approximately 1 mile of rolling country side. Proper footwear and attire is recommended, as well as bringing a supply of water.
 
The tour is included with the regular admission price to the museum. It is recommended that you take the museum tour prior to the waking tour, as it will help set the context for the stories you will hear on the walk.
 
The tour begins in the front yard of the house at the times listed above.
 
If you have any questions, please contact us here or at muddnews@gmail.com!escape route

Reminder: “Tracking an Assassin” walking tour April 13 and 14!

This is just a reminder that, in addition to normal tours of the House museum, we will be running our “Tracking an Assassin” outdoor tour Saturday and Sunday weather, permitting. Saturday’s tour times are 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Sunday offers one tour at 2:30 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Proper foot wear is strongly encouraged as portions of the tour may be muddy, literally and figuratively speaking!

The tour is included with your regular entrance fee to the museum. It is strongly encouraged, but not required, that you take the museum tour prior to the outdoor tour for historical context purposes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the gift shop by phone or email us at Muddnews@gmail.com.

We hope you join us as we track an assassin!