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On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Anderson County Humanities Council will provide residents with an opportunity to hear the story of Emilie Todd Helm, portrayed by Betsy Smith, at the “Rebel in the White House 1836-1930” program at 7 p.m. at the Saffell Street Elementary library.
According to a press release from the Humanities Council, “As the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln and the wife of Confederate Gen. Benjamin Hardin Helm, Emilie Todd Helm had a front row view of history during and after the Civil War.
“After Helm was killed at Chickamauga, President and Mrs. Lincoln invited Emilie to come to the White House. As a southern loyalist and widow of the commander of the famous Orphan Brigade, her presence in the While House aroused protests. Lincoln defended his right to have anyone he chose as his guest, but Helm soon departed for Kentucky, where she lived out her long life.
The program is a presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, with local sponsorship provided by the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club.
Admission is free and open to the public.