Curator Todd Samuelson tells the story of Mark Hofmann, a forger who re-created works by Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain, as well as what he wanted to pass off as the first printing in the American Colonies, Oath of Freeman. Samuelson says Hofmann tried to sell Oath to the Library of Congress, which rejected it after extensive forensic testing and thats where things got crazy. Expecting to make a lot of money on this deal, [Hofmann] had racked up a lot of debt, Samuelson says. Hofmann began to panic, and instead of going out and getting a real job, he began making pipe bombs and setting them off in various locations in Salt Lake City. He ended up killing two people, and then he was taking another one to plant, and it blew up in his car, Samuelson says. Hofmann tried to convince authorities he was the target, not the culprit, but apparently he wasnt good at faking that either and eventually admitted to all his dirty deeds. Also part of the exhibit is a special installation dedicated to Houston forgers, so you can see how locals fake it.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 10. Continues through Sept. 30, 2007