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A Visit with Mrs. Lincoln

Saturday October 2 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Mary Lincoln comes to life as presented by Valerie Gugala. She sets the historical record straight as she takes listeners through her life as a young woman born into a wealthy Lexington, KY family, and the transformation she made from that life to become the wife of a young man whose background was just the opposite. Mrs. Lincoln takes the audience through the Lincoln family’s life in Springfield, Abraham’s political career and election to the presidency, and their life in the White House during the Civil War. Time for questions from the audience for Mrs. Lincoln is included in this 1 ½ hour program.

First person Historical presenter Valerie Gugala has been studying Abraham and Mary Lincoln for as long as she can remember. When she was a small child, she could recite The Gettysburg Address from memory. She made essential corrections to the film “The Trails of Lincoln” after listening to an audiotape of the soundtrack.

Valerie has performed in front of schools, churches, senior groups and park districts throughout the Chicago area. She has spent over 40 years researching the Lincoln family, and has been performing as Mrs. Lincoln for more than 20. She has an extensive collection of books on the Lincoln family, with special emphasis on Mrs. Lincoln and their Springfield years.

This event is free and open to all. No registration is required.

For additional information, please contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.


Saturday October 2
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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