First Ladies Forum: Mary Todd Lincoln

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First Ladies Forum: Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies, but few people know her full story. Now, librarian Laura Keyes shares Mary’s story at an afternoon tea on January 31,1862, when Mrs. Lincoln and her family are settled comfortably in the Executive Mansion. Visiting with friends, Mrs. Lincoln reflects on the loves of her life – her children, her husband, and her country. She even shares some of Mr. Lincoln’s love letters to her! Learn how Mary’s knowledge of both politics and social customs made it possible for a backwoods frontier attorney to achieve the highest office in the land.

Keyes graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in Library Studies and is the Director of the Dunlap Public Library. She is a lifetime member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters and in 2017 she won the Mary Todd Lincoln Oratory Contest at the Lincoln Days celebration in Hodgenville, KY.

This program is the third installment of the First Ladies Forum, a four-part series, each featuring a different First Lady re-enacted by a renowned portrayal artist. These First Ladies include Dolley Madison (January 26), Louisa Catherine Adams (February 23), Mary Todd Lincoln (March 23), and Jacqueline Kennedy (April 27).

Beginning December 23, registration for this program can be completed below. You may also register by calling 309.590.6168 or by visiting the Adult Services Desk at the Library and registering in person. As soon as registration is complete, you will receive an email with a link to access the online discussion.