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Mary Todd Lincoln, Lexington home to be
featured on C-SPAN’s ‘First Ladies’ series

Mary Todd Lincoln was a Lexington native. (Photo from MTL House)


The C-SPAN series First Ladies: Influence and Image will feature a 90-minute program on Lexington native Mary Todd Lincoln Monday, April 22, at 9pm. The two-season original series examines the private lives of the first ladies and their years in the White House.

In preparation for the show, C-SPAN filmed in Lexington last week. Sites filmed included the Lexington Cemetery, Gratz Park and the Mary Todd Lincoln House. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of Mrs. Lincoln. She brought her husband and children to visit the Todd family the home in 1847. The museum is operated by Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting historic properties.

Mary Todd Lincoln's childhood home is located on West Main Street in Lexington. (Photo from MTL House)

C-SPAN teamed up with the White House Historical Association for the original series, which examines the private lives of the first ladies and their years in the White House. Each week since Feb. 18, First Ladies: Influence and Image has been telling the stories of the women who served in the role of first lady over 44 administrations.

The 90-minute programs air live Mondays at 9 p.m. C-SPAN and C-SPAN 3 (which also is the home for American History TV on the weekends), C-SPAN Radio, and via livestreaming on c-span.org.

C-SPAN and the WHHA have also collaborated on a website to accompany the series (click here). The interactive site also features historic letters, recordings and photographs, biographies, and classroom resources.

Mark Farkas, Peabody Award-winning producer for C-SPAN, is the executive producer for the series.

“These women have many fascinating stories to tell – that not only reveal their personal challenges, accomplishments, and failures, but also provide a window into our nation’s history and the trajectory of women in our society,” Farkas said. “From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, the role of First Lady continues to evolve.”

For more information about the Mary Todd Lincoln House, click here.

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