His interest is not in Booth the assassin, but in the Booth family and its place in theater history. Supported by Hollywood stars -- such as actress Lynn Redgrave -- he sought financing from local government to turn the property into an actor's museum or cultural center. Harford Community College was willing to put up a considerable amount of cash, but not enough.
Sloan, who heads the drama program at Catholic University, said he doesn't have it in him to make a similar fundraising push. Instead, he said, he hopes to pique the interest of some successful acquaintances.