THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION
E-NOTICE 2010-1 OF JANUARY 1, 2010
Here are some items that might be of
1. TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2010 ALL
CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF EVENTS! We're happy to report that
tickets are now on sale for two of the three June 2010 All
Classes/Faculty/Staff events: Surrattstock III to be held Friday
evening June 25, 2010 from 6 to 11 p.m., and the All
Classes/Faculty/Staff School Open House and Picnic to be held
Saturday June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Surrattstock III are a mere $5, and tickets to the Open House and
Picnic are $10, with guests under 18 free to each event. (These
charges cover our required insurance, School staff overtime, and
related charges for the events, and hopefully will raise additional
general funds for the Foundation.) Unlike the Open Houses/Picnics
held in 2000 and 2005, we won't be including food and drink in the
ticket price, so the 2010 Picnic will be BYOP (and we're hoping to
have food and drink vendors on site selling their stuff -- more on
There are two ways to buy your tickets. First,
you may send a check by mail using the form pasted below. Second,
you may purchase tickets on the Foundation's web site at
Here's how you do that:
a. Go to surrattsville.org
b. Click on "Events"
c. Find the event you wish to attend
(i.e., "2010 All Class Reunion" or "Surrattstock III"), and click on
d. Click on "Pay Now"
e. Fill-in the
information on the Pay Now page and click on "Review Order and
Continue." IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE LADIES: WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE
FIRST NAME BLOCK, PLEASE TYPE IN YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHILE AT
SURRATTSVILLE. THAT WAY, FOR NAME BADGE PURPOSES, WHEN YOUR NAME
COMES THROUGH THE SYSTEM, WE'LL HAVE YOUR CURRENT LAST NAME AND THE
LAST NAME YOUR CLASSMATES WILL RECOGNIZE.
f. IMPORTANT: On
the "Review Your Payment" section, again for name badge purposes, in
the box called "Add Special Instructions to Seller," please type in
your graduation year, or you years on the faculty/staff.
Click on the "Complete Purchase" button.
h. Check your
email, where you will find a receipt for your purchase. Please
print this off and bring it to the event. This receipt is your
(Note that you'll need to repeat the above for
each event you wish to attend, and for each person from your group
attending each event.)
We're hoping that the 2010 events will
be the same great successes that were the 2000 and 2005 events!
[Ed. Note: Information on the June 25 Golf Outing will appear in
a future e-Notice, and please don't forget to check in with your
Class ORC to learn about any Class-specific event for your Class
being held during the June 25 - June 27, 2010 weekend.]
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SURRATTSTOCK III. And speaking
of the June 2010 events, if you're planning to attend Surrattstock
III on Friday June 25, and you'd be willing to donate a half-hour of
your time to assist with the ticket table or the refreshment table,
please send an email to the Surrattstock III coordinator, Stacey
Fowler (87), at
3. MANY THANKS TO ESI OF
BETHESDA FOR COMPUTER DONATION! We're thrilled to report
that, thanks to the generosity of Paul Rickett (69) and his company,
ESI, we have already received our first corporate donation of
computers. Specifically, ESI donated ten nearly new computers, flat
screen monitors and keyboards, and they've already been delivered to
Many thanks to ESI, and Paul, for making this
happen so quickly!
(Thanks also to Smith & Downey for the
donation of a high-speed laser printer that also has been delivered
to the School.)
As many of our readers will recall, when the
Foundation was first established, our first big project was to
arrange for the donation to the School of over $250,000 worth of
computer equipment. Ten years have passed, and that equipment is
now obsolete or at the end of its useful life. Therefore, we have
started a second drive to acquire computers (and related
peripherals) for the School. If you have contacts at any employer
or other organization that donates "gently used" computers to
non-profits, please contact me at
Note to federal government employees: many federal government
agencies have little-known programs for the donation of "gently
used" computers to 501(c)(3) entities like the Foundation. If you
are a federal government employee, please consider asking around at
work to see if your agency could make a contribution toward this
very important Foundation initiative.
4. MORE SURRATTS
HISTORY. Here's the latest in our continuing series of
items about Surrattsville's very interesting history. This undated
article by Lorrenzo Middleton appeared in a newspaper partially
identified as the "Star News" (with a photo of the Surratt House
before any renovations):
"The Name of Surratt Still Held in
Esteem. The local people in the Clinton area of southern Prince
George's County have been standing behind the good name of Mary E.
Surratt for a hundred years. The widow of a prominent land owner,
Mrs. Surratt was hanged on July 7, 1865 for conspiring to shoot
President Abraham Lincoln. Three weeks after her execution, the
federal government added insult to the protesting residents of their
little community -- then called Surrattsville -- by changing the
name of the town.
But the people of the area have maintained
her innocence throughout the years and continue to hold the Surratt
name in high esteem. In defiance of the federal government, they
refused to remove the Surrattsville name from the local election
district and have added the title to roads, schools, housing
developments and businesses in the region. The latest effort to
bring attention to the plight of what one resident calls "the most
maligned woman in American history" has been a long struggle for the
restoration of her house as a historic landmark.
than six years of research, planning and delays, the
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announced
this week that construction finally is about to begin and that
restoration of the house should be completed by next summer. The
county and state governments have appropriated about $140,000 to buy
land around the house and to return it to its 19th century
Now boarded up and unoccupied, the crumbling
two-story frame house stands just off a busy Clinton intersection on
Brandywine Road. Thomas S. Gwynn, Jr., chairman of the Committee
for the Restoration of the Surratt House, says the restored home
will serve as an historical attraction for the area and will "help
correct the bad name that has been given to Mary Surratt". Gwynn
said the house was build in 1840, overlooking a 1200-acre corn and
tobacco farm. The house later was converted into a country store
and tavern which became the center of community activity.
When John Surratt died in 1862, his widow leased the tavern and
moved with two children to the District, where she operated a
boarding house near Ford's Theater.
John Wilkes Booth, one of
her roomers, was said to have conspired with others in the rooming
house to assassinate Lincoln. On April 14, 1865, the night of the
shooting, Mrs. Surratt was roused from her bed by federal troops at
11:30 p.m. and charged in the conspiracy. She maintained her
innocence until she was hanged three months later. She had been
further linked to the assassination, however, by the tavern operator
who claimed she had left guns, ammunition and supplies for Booth,
who stopped at the tavern on his escape route.
admitted being at the tavern on the afternoon of the shooting, but
she said it was only to collect rent. She was convicted and
sentenced to death by a military tribunal. Partly because of the
public outcry over the case, the government later halted military
trials of civilians."
[Ed Note: Some of you may recall that
James Swanson's recently published, and absolutely riveting, book,
"Manhunt," casts some doubt on the amount of esteem due to Mary
Surratt's name! It will be interesting to see how the upcoming
Robert Redford film portrays this interesting character from
American -- and Clinton -- history.]
5. MORE MEMORIES
OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND. Here's another interesting article
from the series in the St. Mary's County Times written by Foundation
Historian and Archivist, Shelby Lee Oppermann (79):
Fun & Games� The holidays are approaching, and naturally we begin
to think of our families and all the good times we shared together
over the years. Fond, shared memories of warmth and togetherness.
Each family has traditions that bond them, some of which are songs,
stories or games.
Our family was no different. We didn�t
always play the perennial family favorites, Monopoly and Candyland
(my favorite). My older brothers, Bobby and Billy, thought up
unique games to entertain me. I was 9 years younger than Billy, and
14 years younger than Bobby; I was a happy puppy willing to go along
One of the earliest games I remember was
called �Sanctuary�. Some of you might have grown up with a similar
version. I�m sure it�s still popular among siblings today. One
child, normally the youngest, is minding their (her) own business
sitting on the floor coloring or watching cartoons, and one sibling
(older, stealthy brother) sneaks up from behind and starts tickling
them (her) until they are crying and continues on until they (she)
can�t breathe. The second version is when the youngest child (me)
has to pass by anywhere older sibling (much older, stealthy brother)
might be without being caught.
The object of the game was for
the person being tickled to reach sanctuary at one of two designated
spots set by my Mother during previous �games�. Once you reached
there you had to scream �sanctuary!�. This could only work if #1 you
could breathe, and #2 you could move faster than your pursuer. My
sanctuary spots were the unused armchair in the back corner of the
living room, and the area behind the dining room table. No one
could get behind there except me. The room was a U-shaped bump-out
between the foyer and kitchen. It�s funny that I was the only one
who ever yelled �sanctuary!�.
After my older brother left for
college when I was four, then my brother Billy had to think of games
for me himself. So, during those long summer days each year when we
got bored from our marathon Monopoly games, I�d follow Billy all
over the house and out into the yard. I�d watch him build his
erector set or bring out that funny chemistry set which they
probably don�t sell anymore, and shouldn�t.
I guess once in
awhile Billy might have gotten maybe a little annoyed with a little
sister following him around asking questions all day. I don�t know
exactly when, but he developed a new game called the �Where�s Shebby
Game.� My Mother never knew about this game. The game would start
about afternoon. I would be in my happy puppy state lovingly
following big brother all over the place, asking 1001 questions, and
suddenly Billy would say, �Where�s Shebby?� (That was, and is, my
family nickname). I�d say, �Here I am, Billy�. Billy would look
all around and then ask again �Where�s Shebby?�. I would answer
again, �Here I am, Billy, Here, I am!!!�, starting to jump up and
down to get his attention, and progressively getting more panicky.
We would go all around the house this way. What great fun, what
The last really impressive game Billy thought
up was sure to keep a young child�s attention, it didn�t have a
name, but it is forever burned in my memory. This goes back to
those funny chemistry sets. Remember, this was the early 60�s.
Both brothers loved to learn more about how chemistry worked, and
they would build model cars just to blow them up. Nowadays, they
would be on the evening news. This is also something my Mother knew
little or nothing about. When Billy would tire of blowing up his
own models, he would look for new things. What could be more
colorful than doll house figurines and furniture?
said to me one day, �Let�s take your doll house figures outside, and
put them on this tree stump.� Happy puppy replies, �Okay, Billy�
Then after Billy does a few things to the doll figures he tells me
to run, so I run, and nothing happens. We run a second time,
nothing. But the third time, POW!!!!! dolls and doll pieces go
flying through the air. I still see it all in slow motion, in
horror, with Billy laughing. I realize to him this was a great
scientific experiment to benefit mankind somehow, but my little
friends were blown apart. Billy kept telling me, �It�s all right,
I�ll buy you more.� I don�t know if he ever did or not.
When my family gathers together this Thanksgiving, you can be
sure that these warm, loving family stories will be shared once
more. There is the possibility my brothers will be planning a game
of �sanctuary�, so I am unable to breathe or talk, and possibly
thinking of a game where I will be unable to ever write again. To
each new day�s adventure, Shelby. Send comments to:
6. AND SPEAKING OF
LOCAL HISTORY... We received this link to an interesting
web site about Hyde Field and Prince George's County's remarkable
aviation history from Paul Monaghan (59). We imagine that our many
readers who enjoyed the various Hyde Field stories in last year's
e-Notices will find this site fascinating.
BOOMERANGS AVAILABLE. The Foundation has a limited supply
of yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. If you'd
like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including
shipping and handling), please send me an email to
8. FOUNDATION'S OFFICIAL 2009 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN A GREAT
SUCCESS. Thanks to the generosity of the donors listed
below, the Foundation's official 2009 Annual Campaign was a great
success, despite 2009 having been one of the most challenging years
in recent history for charitable fund raising. We are very grateful
for our wonderful donors!
(Note that the Foundation has a
"button" on the home page of the Foundation's web site (www.surrattsville.org)
that makes it easy for donors to make donations all year long. A
special request to our on-line donors: please include your
graduation year/faculty years/etc. in your on-line donation form.)
9. POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION. The Classes of 80 and
81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2010. They need a
contact person for the Class of 80. Please contact Teresa Blandford
Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org
to provide contact info.
10. SURRATTS COOKBOOK.
As previously reported, Leslie St. Clair (70) and Diane "Cookie"
Boyd (71) are putting together a Cookbook of Hornets' Favorite
Recipes. They're hoping that a number of you will submit recipes,
and they'll break them down by category and have them bound and
offer them for sale at the 2010 All Classes/Faculty/Staff events.
All proceeds will go to the Foundation. If you have a recipe you'd
like to share, please send it to Leslie and Cookie at
11. COMBINED 60-65
EVENT. We received this update from Class of 62 ORCs Len
Owens and Jerry Spence: "The Classes of 60-65 are working on a
Combined Classes 60-65 Reunion with events on Saturday evening
(dinner) June 26, 2010 and Sunday afternoon (picnic) June 27, 2010.
Locations still to be determined. Please contact your Official
Reunion Contact (contact info is on the "Classes" page of the web
site at www.surrattsville.org)
for more information. Best Wishes, Len and Jerry"
SURRATTS FACEBOOK PRESENCE UPDATE. The "Surrattsville
Alumni" Group on Facebook has nearly 900 members, and the various
Class-specific Groups are growing, as well. Please consider joining
these free on-line communities as a way to keep in touch and to stay
13. INFO WANTED ON SURRATTSVILLE ELEMENTARY.
Les Illinski (62) is seeking information on the opening year for
Surrattsville Elementary School. Please email Les at
you have any information that might be of interest to him.
I hope this e-Notice finds your 2010 off to a fantastic start!
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
MANY THANKS TO
THESE DONORS TO THE 2009 CAMPAIGN!
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Teri Pepper Dimsey
(77), In veneration of my classmates turning 50 this year
Summers Gwynn III (64), In memory of Bill Gwynn (64)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of Her Brother, James R.
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Linda Dorsey Blum
Arvid Andresen (65)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65), In Memory
of Greg White (65), David Shriver (65) and Laura Chovan (former
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, former Faculty and
Administration), In memory of Lillian Holland
Dan Bayne (71)
Tom Travis (72)
Sally Travis (72)
Rick Tazelaar (73)
Paul Monaghan (59)
Coach Lew Jenkins (former
Faculty, 1967 - 1993)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
J. Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54), In Memory of Mildred Wheatley (34)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of
James R. Carroll, Jr.
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Allard (73), In Memory of Cathy Lally Freitas (73)
Statler Thrift (69)
Dennis Thrift (71)
Mike Gifford (84)
Joan Penn Revis (61)
Homer Revis (56)
Denise Hope (72), In
Memory of Robin Danielson (72)
Anne Noyes, Former Faculty
Brenda Karnes, Former Faculty, In Memory of Millie Biedenkapp
Dave Weber (65)