“3,000 Reward! Dr. George Parkman…”, Broadside, 26 November 1849, from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
What: Screening of Murder at Harvard, a PBS American Experience documentary.
When: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cost: $5 Mount Auburn Cemetery members, $10 non-members.
In the fall of 1849 the body of Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston’s richest citizens, was discovered at the Harvard Medical School. Parkman’s remains were laid to rest at Mount Auburn. The following March, Harvard chemistry professor John Webster was put on trial for Parkman’s murder in what would become one of the country’s most notorious trials. The documentary follows noted historian Simon Schama as he tries to uncover the “truth” behind the case. Melissa Banta and Eric Stange, co-writers and co-producers of “Murder at Harvard,” will be available for questions and answers following a screening of the documentary. A reception will immediately follow the program.
Read more about the film, here.
Read more about the Parkman murder at the Massachusetts Historical Society, here.