The hallways of the National Portrait Gallery are full of unsolved mysteries and unanswered questions, conspiracies, and the paranormal. Join us as we explore with our collections-inspired trivia game, Pop Quiz, in the Kogod Courtyard at 6:30 p.m. on September 26.
This month’s theme, “History’s Mysteries,” covers a century’s worth of secrets, some of which have been solved, while still others remain shrouded in questions and doubt. Have you ever wondered what really happened to Amelia Earhart’s plane? Or if there was more to the story about Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death? How did Harry Houdini complete his most daring tricks without breaking a bone, only to die from a punch to the stomach?
You might just get more questions than answers out of this very special trivia night. The Courtyard Café will be open, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
Here is a sneak peek at the 10-point bonus question for this month’s Pop Quiz trivia:
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth entered the private box of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln at the Ford’s Theatre. He shot the president just days before the Civil War would come to a close. Suspicions still haunt the extent of the plot and those involved, including connections to another man meant to be in Lincoln’s box that evening.
Who intended to join the Lincolns at the theater before he changed his plans?
a) General Ulysses S. Grant
b) General William T. Sherman
c) Andrew Johnson
d) General Philip H. Sheridan
Pop Quiz trivia occurs once a month in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery.
Claude Alexander Conlin / Unidentified artist / Color lithographic poster, c. 1920 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution