Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies but few people know her story. Now, actress Laura Keyes shares Mary’s story in an entertaining and educational program entitled “Mrs. Lincoln in Love.”
Laura Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s Degree in Library Studies, and is currently the Library Director at The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg. Miss Keyes’ meticulously researched presentations have been performed since 2008, receiving wonderful reviews and are not to be missed.
“Mrs. Lincoln in Love” is set on 31 January 1862, when Mrs. Lincoln and her family are settled comfortably in the Executive Mansion. Visiting with ladies during an Afternoon Tea, 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.
A special dessert awaits audience members as they will be treated to light refreshments. Historical Society members will serve “Mary Todd Lincoln” cake, supposedly served by Mary as Abe’s favorite cake. Mary’s main homemaking interest appeared to be cooking, especially making sweets. Her white almond cake was one of Mr. Lincoln’s favorite desserts. She had brought the recipe from her favorite bakery in Lexington, Ky. Mary baked the white cake for Abraham Lincoln when they were courting, as a Springfield housewife and when she was First Lady.
The presentation is one of a series of events presented by the Savanna Historical Society and the Savanna Public Library during the traveling Lincoln exhibition currently on display at the museum until July 26th.
The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.
Lincoln the Lawyer
One of the Savanna Historical Society’s favorite presenters, Brian “Fox” Ellis returns to the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center! He will present Lincoln, the Lawyer on July 7th at 2:00.
Always garnering ‘standing room only’ audiences, as both a performer and and educator, Brian will provide an interesting accounting of Lincoln as a lawyer. The SHS and the Savanna Public Library are especially pleased to be able to present this program during the current traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”
Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and other museums across the country. Fox has been a featured speaker at regional and international conferences including the International Wetlands Conservation Conference, National Science Teachers Association Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference, et al. Fox is also the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre a unique theatre company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre productions. He is the author of 15 books.
From “A Storyteller’s Tour of the Louvre” in Paris to a campfire in the mountains of North Carolina, from the Historic Sandwich Illinois Opera House to an International Conference on Wetlands Conservation in Washington D.C., Brian “Fox” Ellis has been regaling audiences for more than 30 years. Since 1980 Fox has been touring the world as a performer and educator. Through stories and song, myth and poetry, Fox He is a dynamic teller who, in a warmly entertaining manner, captures what is most life-affirming and beautiful in the human experience. Brian has presented several programs at the museum, including Ghosts and Legends of the Civil War, The Mussel Shell Industry on the Mississippi, A Soldier’s Tale and The Role of Steamboatin.’ The museum opens at noon, a $5.00 donation is appreciated.
Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War , a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.