Free Sesquicentennial Lecture at Potomac State April 7th

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death and the first assassination of a U.S. president. In commemoration of this historical event, a free public lecture titled "West Virginians and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" will be presented at Potomac State College of West Virginia University on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the College’s University Place Theater. The speaker for the event is Michael Woods, Ph.D., professor of history at Marshall University.

Lincoln Newspaper“The Mineral County Historical Society (MCHS) is pleased to once again join with Potomac State College to present another program in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series," said MCHS President Frank Roleff. "Dr. Woods' presentation promises to be another interesting and informative program. If you have an interest in the Civil War, West Virginia statehood and related events, we hope you’ll make plans to attend,” added Roleff

Dr. Woods will examine the effects of the assassination on West Virginia and the little-known roles played by several West Virginians including: General Thomas M. Harris, a native of Ritchie County, who served on the military commission that tried the assassination conspirators; Morgantown's William McPeck, of the 6th West Virginia Cavalry, who was on guard outside of Ford's Theatre that night and helped carry the wounded president to the Petersen House where he died; and Everton Conger, of the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, who helped lead the soldiers tracking Booth to his hiding place in a Virginia barn.

Articles published by Dr. Woods have appeared in the “Journal of Social History” and the “Journal of American History.” His first book, “Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United States,” was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. He has presented at numerous history conferences and is the recipient of a 2014 Humanities Council Research Fellowship. College courses taught by Dr. Woods include U.S. History, the Civil War Era, and the U.S. South.

Dr. Woods earned his bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Washington State; he earned both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association.

For those who wish to come early, a buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room, which is located in the University Place Residence Hall. The cost is $13 per person and advance dinner reservations must be made by calling 304-788-5882 by Wednesday, April 1. Reservations are not required for the lecture and there is no charge for those who attend only the lecture.

This event is being presented by the Mineral County Historical Society in partnership with Potomac State College of WVU, with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council through its Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau.