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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

On Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. author Kathy Canavan will return to the Delaware Public Archives to present a program titled “The Forgotten Women of the Lincoln Assassination.” Among the persons this presentation will focus upon are the first female theater owner in America, the First Lady who was committed to a mental institution, the assaulted and abused slave who became a university department head, and the young woman who married her old boyfriend after an ill-fated affair with assassin John Wilkes Booth. All these women’s lives were upended in the split second when Booth killed President Lincoln. For them, the tragedy never ended. Presented by Kathryn Canavan, author of Lincoln’s Final Hours, this program will be a preview to her next publication about the forgotten women of the Lincoln assassination.

Kathy Canavan, a 2017 Delaware Division of the Arts fellow, is the author of Lincoln’s Final Hours from University Press of Kentucky. The book tells the assassination story from the points of view of the ordinary Washingtonians who surrounded the president that night – the playgoers, doctors, neighbors, journalists, soldiers and politicians. Canavan began researching the unintended consequences of the Lincoln assassination in 2009, and is currently working on a second book on the women whose lives changed because of the assassination.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln

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