Mary Todd Lincoln delights local audience

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By The Staff

An audience of about 50 people filled the Pierian Woman’s Clubhouse wing of the Anderson County Public Library last Friday evening to watch Trish Clark portray “Mary Todd Lincoln — A House Divided.”
Part of the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua series, Clark told Lincoln’s story from her Lexington childhood to meeting Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, their marriage and triumphant journey to Washington, D.C. Following the tragedies of the Civil War, the deaths of three sons and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, she was devastated by grief and was briefly committed to a mental institution by her only surviving son.
A highlight of the question-and-answer session afterward was an exchange between Clark and Lawrenceberg’s Jim Sayre, who portrays Abraham Lincoln for Kentucky Chautauqua.
The program was funded by the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club and organized by Anderson County Adult Learning Center. Refreshments, including bourbon balls and buckeyes, cookies, coffee and cider, were provided by the club.
The candies are made as a fundraiser for community outreach projects, and are now available by the dozen in holiday tins; bourbon balls are $12 and buckeyes $7. Orders may be placed with Sue Litkenhus, 839-6659.