2022 SCHRC Annual Meeting
SCHRC Annual Meeting
Friday, October 7, 2022
18 West Mill Street
11:00am Meeting Begins – Greeting
11:50am Program Begins
“A Game of Whist: An Alleged Sheboygan Connection to Lincoln’s Assassin”
Presented by Steven K. Rogstad
Sheboygan County Historical Research Center
Helen Brainard Cole was one of Sheboygan’s leading celebrities in the early 1900s. Through numerous interviews she repeatedly told her reminiscences about being a nurse during the Civil War at a Washington, D.C. hospital, where she frequently interacted with President Abraham Lincoln during his hospital visits. Her tales of seeing Lincoln at the hospital became legendary. Another involved her association with Lincoln’s murderer, John Wilkes Booth, who she claimed she played cards with just weeks prior to the assassination. What did she remember of her frequent interactions with Booth? Did he reveal anything? How did Helen Cole become an intimate of America’s most beloved president and most hated presidential assassin? Who was Helen Brainard Cole?
Includes complimentary lunch buffet
Hot sandwich buffet, turkey or ham
Fresh fruit, pasta salad
Gluten free meals available upon request.
Please RSVP to 920-467-4667