Rick Brown has forty-seven years experience in researching and collecting the Lincoln assassination and its aftermath as well as other events in American history. In that time, he has bought, sold, or brokered in excess of one-million historic newspapers going as far back as the 1600s. For thirteen years he was Editor and Publisher of the official Journal of the Newspaper Collectors Society of America. In that time he researched, wrote, and published over 150 articles of a historical nature. The subscriber list included several major institutions including the Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society, New York Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, and many more.
In October 1993 he opened his Web site, HistoryBuff.com. The site currently has over 8 gigabytes of files and receives in excess of 300,000 page views by 85,000-plus unique visitors on a monthly basis.
His presentations focus primarily on Lincoln and the Civil War as well as detecting newspaper reprints. He has given presentations at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois; Michigan Historical Society annual conference; Detroit-area teachers conference; Midland Academy for Creative Arts; Sons of Union Veterans; Goldwater History Education Days; and more. Here’s a list of his lecture topics.
He also has a traveling Lincoln assassination museum. It includes 24-running feet of original newspapers, broadsides (posters,) engravings, CDVs, sheet music, a diary of a resident of Washington City in 1865, a mourning badge worn by a senator from Pennsylvania at Lincoln’s funeral in Philadelphia, and more!