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Anderson Community Education will be hosting a night of ‘Kentucky storytelling” by Trish Clark, who will portray Mary Todd Lincoln, on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
The Kentucky Chautauqua presentation “Mary Todd Lincoln: A House Divided” will be held at the Anderson Public Library and is sponsored by the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club.
“Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life of tremendous triumph and great tragedy,” event organizers wrote in their release. “Born in Lexington in 1818, Mary Todd attended John Ward’s school and Charlotte Mentelle’s boarding school, making her one of the most well-educated women of her time. She followed her older sisters to Springfield, Illinois, and on Nov. 4, 1842 she married lawyer and state legislator Abraham Lincoln, who became the 16th President of the United States in November 1860.
“Mary’s personal life was filled with great tragedy. Her son Eddie died while the Lincolns were living in Springfield. While in the White House, her young son Willie died in 1862. Three years later, and five days after Robert E. Lee surrendered, her beloved husband was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre. And, in 1871, her son Tad died of pleurisy. Four years later, a distraught Mary was committed to a private asylum for the insane by her lone surviving son, Robert. You can decide if she belonged there.”
The Pierian Woman’s Club will be serving refreshments at 6:30 p.m. prior to the start of the presentation.