SOURCE: The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

September 13, 2011 05:00 ET

The Henry Ford to Host Free Lecture on Attempted Reagan Assassination

Author Del Quintin Wilber and Retired Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr to Lead Discussion

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - This year marked the 30th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. Join The Henry Ford on September 21 at 7 p.m. as it hosts a free lecture with Del Quintin Wilber, author of The New York Times bestseller Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan, and Reagan's head of security detail at the time, retired Secret Service agent Jerry Parr. The event is free, but ticket reservation is required. For more information, call (313)-982-6001 or visit

The lecture will take place in Henry Ford Museum, near the actual limousine that rushed President Reagan to safety. Parr, who dreamed of joining the service since the age of nine, was head of security detail on that day in 1981 and is the agent seen in historic footage that pushes President Reagan into the limousine at the sound of gun fire. He is credited with being a key figure in saving the president's life.

Del Quintin Wilber is an award-winning author and journalist for The Washington Post. He has chronicled the trial of former Senator Ted Stevens and has written extensively about issues surrounding Guantanamo Bay. Wilber thought of the idea for Rawhide Down, during his experience attending the hearing of John W. Hinkley, Jr., President Reagan's would-be assassin.

The lecture will culminate with a book signing with Wilber, and Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan will be available for purchase.

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world's premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution's campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website

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