MARY TODD LINCOLN
An Unconventional Woman
 


 

              PROGRAMS












 

Historical Society Programs
Heritage Weekends and History Pageants
Quilting Conventions
Town Celebrations & Centennials
Lincoln Day Dinners
Ceremonies and Memorials
Political Conventions & Campaigns
Fund-Raisers
Downtown Revitalization Programs
Inaugurations & Receptions
Parades & Fairs
Professional Conferences
Cultural Enrichment Programs
Victorian Teas, Ice Cream Socials, & Soirees
Social, Civic, & Senior Clubs
School & College Educational Programs
Heritage Arts & Crafts Fairs
Garden Parties & Strawberry Festivals
Living History Events & Reenactments
Civil War Movie Production & Premiers
Dinners & Balls
Civil War Round Tables
Grand Openings
Gallery & Museum Exhibits
Civil War Shows & Symposia
Business & Political Group Functions
Trade Shows & Exhibitions
Ship Launchings



                           SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Your event will be enjoyable, memorable, and unique when graced with the presence of MARY TODD LINCOLN: AN UNCONVENTIONAL WOMAN. Have the First Lady mingle with your crowd, offer a program like ones described here, or coordinate with Sally Mummey to develop your own program.

MARY LINCOLN - WIFE AND WIDOW
In a solo performance, Mary Todd Lincoln takes her audience from her childhood to her widowhood, with stories about growing up in a large family with black slave mammies in a house that served as a guidepost on the Underground Railroad; courtship and marriage to Abraham Lincoln; motherhood; the road to the White House and the disappointments of the reality of that dream; her political interests and keen insight, and battles fought to make her stand against those who would discredit the President; personal and national tragedy as she lost brothers to the Confederacy and sons to disease, and her husband to the assassinís bullet; and the remainder of her life, a troubled widow - disillusioned, isolated, and friendless.

MARY TODD LINCOLN can also present speeches derived from original material, covering a variety of topics. Themes include:

The Underground Railroad
Civil War Spies
Civil War-Era Etiquette
Quilting: Patterns of Meaning
Victorian Mourning Customs
Clothing and Fashion of the 1860s
Nursing during the Civil War
Life in the White House
Patriotism on the Home Front
The Role of Women in Civil War Times

QUESTION-&-ANSWER
Less formal than the press conference, debate, or speech, Mrs. Lincoln makes a few remarks, five to ten minutes, then opens the floor to questions.


THE WALK-ABOUT
Mary Todd Lincoln walks about the site, greets the public, poses for pictures, and engages guests in conversation.

THE WORKSHOP
If you are booking more than one presenter, organize your audience into small groups, which rotate from presenter to presenter, each presenter operating a "workshop". Workshops might include an interview with Mary Lincoln, a recruiting station to drill raw recruits, or a crafts station where the group creates their own Civil War flags with construction paper.



                              THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

MARY LINCOLN - WIFE AND WIDOW
In a solo performance, Mary Todd Lincoln takes her audience from her childhood to her widowhood, with stories about growing up in a large family with black slave mammies in a house that served as a guidepost on the Underground Railroad; courtship and marriage to Abraham Lincoln; motherhood; the road to the White House and the disappointments of the reality of that dream; her political interests and keen insight, and battles fought to make her stand against those who would discredit the President; personal and national tragedy as she lost brothers to the Confederacy and sons to disease, and her husband to the assassinís bullet; and the remainder of her life, a troubled widow - disillusioned, distant, and friendless.


THE SCENARIO

Two or more presenters can interact with Mrs. Lincoln in a planned scenario. Mrs. Lincoln can DEBATE on a variety of topics with another living history presenter. Mr. Lincoln can join Mrs. Lincoln in the BANTER between a devoted married couple, discussing son Robertís intent to join the Army, their return to Illinois after the presidency, plans for international travel, life in the White House.

Themed CANDLELIGHT TOURS can also be developed for public engagement. These choreographed vignettes have been very successful at certain historic homes, as an adjunct to a heritage weekend or history pageant.



             
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENTS & LIVING HISTORY EVENTS
In-camp activities featuring Mary Todd Lincoln can include:

Review The Troops in a dress parade, an impressive ceremony that troops the colors and music, with Mrs. Lincoln addressing the troops with inspirational messages.

Tour The Camps engaging the soldiers informally on an individual basis.

Luncheon With Local Dignitaries or with sponsors of the event.

An Audience With The First Lady sets aside time for spectators to visit Mrs. Lincoln one-on-one.

Period Scenarios, spontaneous or planned, between Mary Todd Lincoln and other reenactors who portray diplomats or foreign visitors allow spectators to eavesdrop on 1860s political conversations.



A Photo Session
gives families the opportunity to take pictures with the First Lady.

A Press Conference or Speech is popular with spectators, with time for questions and answers.

A Horse-Drawn Carriage to transport the First Lady adds to the event=s overall period atmosphere.



                                                            
SOCIETY FUNCTIONS

Popular as a fundraiser, one of these social functions can provide an air of Victorian elegance to your event.  Mary Todd Lincoln presides as hostess, speaking to your guests on a special topic, and going from table to table to mingle with your guests.  We can provide period recipes and menus to contribute to the authentic atmosphere.

VICTORIAN TEAS
ICE CREAM SOCIALS
GARDEN PARTIES
SOIREES
LUNCHEON WITH THE FIRST LADY
DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE



                      
SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Many schools throughout New England delight in having Mary Todd Lincoln visit their students to conclude their annual Civil War studies. She passes around period artifacts and tells stories derived from Mary Lincolnís own experiences.



 
PARADES
Mary Todd Lincoln is available for parades on the Fourth of July or other celebrations. Plan for a horse-&-carriage rig, fife-&-drum music, and a military color guard to complete the effect.




OTHER PRESENTERS
MARY TODD LINCOLN, AN UNCONVENTIONAL WOMAN often works with reenactors and presenters who portray contemporaries of Mrs. Lincoln.  We know quite a variety of other presenters who present specific historical characters of the Civil War era. One of these is President Lincoln himself. If you are looking for someone specific, we may be able to provide you with a contact. Please ask.
 

   
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For more information, please contact us at:

MARY TODD LINCOLN
An Unconventional Woman
SALLY MUMMEY
P. O. Box 669, Seabrook, NH 03874
603-474-5620