When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1965, his death shook an already traumatized nation. The Indiana State Museum is all about Lincoln’s presidency this Spring with two exhibits on Abraham Lincoln, With Malice Toward None and With Charity For All. In connection to their Lincoln exhibits, the Indiana State Museum presents “Forensics of an Assassination,” a inside look at the Lincoln’s murder 145 years later. This special Indianapolis education event is designed for lovers of popular television shows like CSI or Law and Order. The Indianapolis event will unravel the mysteries behind Lincoln’s assassination through the eyes of a forensics detective. “Forensics of an Assassination” will be held Friday, April 16 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and Saturday, April 17 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The Indiana State Museum teams up with the Forensic and Investigative Science Program at the nearby Indiana college, IUPUI, to present Forensics of an Assassination. With support from the Arthur Jordan Foundation, this Indianapolis attraction will delve into the events of the night of April 14, 1865. Actor John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln during a performance of Our American Cousin at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC. The assassination plot originally began as plot to kidnap Lincoln and hold him hostage in order to force the Union government to exchange prisoners.
But as the Confederate army began to rip at the seams, Booth felt his plot called for more drastic measures. He would, instead, shoot the President. Booth believed that both General Grant and Abraham Lincoln would be in attendance. He believed if he could shoot both men, plus Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward, that the Union government would be in turmoil long enough for the Confederacy to regain a foothold in the war effort.
Unfortunately for Booth, General Grant’s wife and Mary Todd Lincoln did not get along, making the Grants absent from that evening festivities. Booth waited for a pivotal moment in the play’s action to fire the shot, directly into the back of Lincoln’s head.
The Indiana State Museum examines the evidence of the crime scene to discover how forensic experts would conduct an investigation today. Modern scientists will be on hand to field questions and compare and contrast the methodology of the investigation then and an investigation today. Plus, get hands on experience with the tools these scientist use to solve crimes.
Meet with some modern day heroes, as your engage with the Indiana State Museum’s Lincoln exhibits on a new and different level. To register for “Forensics of an Assassination” call 317.232.1637. Take a walk through the Indiana State Museum, and marvel at both United States and Indianapolis history!
With prime Indianapolis real estate along the Indianapolis Canal Walk and near the White River State Park, this Indianapolis museum is a key Indianapolis attraction. It is located near the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eitlejorg Museum and the Indiana History Center. Plus the Indiana State Museum has the best IMAX Theatre in town.
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Forensics of an Assassination
April 16 at 9:30 am
April 17 at 11:00 pm
Indiana State Museum
650 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204