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Curtains Up! The World of Edwin Booth at Lincoln Depot Museum

Historian Juanita Leisch shows off her collection

The Lincoln Depot Museum once again opens its doors up to The Collectors Corner at the Lincoln Depot Museum. This coming weekend on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, historian and author Juanita Leisch will display the Costumes and Memorabilia of 19th Century Actor Edwin Booth. 

Edwin Booth (November 13, 1833 – June 7, 1893) was an American actor who toured throughout the United States and the major capitals of Europe, performing Shakespearean plays. Some theatrical historians consider him the “greatest American actor” of the 19th century. 

Edwin had the talent and fame to become a household name in mid-19th century America. He may have been the greatest actor in the world! As the world turns, Edwin’s achievements are often overshadowed by his younger brother, John. John earned the Booth family name its unfortunate notoriety. Edwin’s younger brother was actor John Wilkes Booth. It was John Wilkes Booth who walked into the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865 and  assassinated the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Visit the Lincoln Depot Museum June 15-16, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, to see a collection of costumes and other memorabilia related to, and once owned and worn by, the great 19th century actor Edwin Booth.

General Admission to the Lincoln Depot Museum is $8.00, $5.00 for seniors, veterans, active military, and children under 12. Collectors Corner is brought to you by the Friends of the Lincoln Depot Museum. For more information, contact:  [email protected]

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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]