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Lexington’s Mary Todd Lincoln House to offer ‘House Divided’ cemetery walking tours in October

Explore Lexington’s most famous cemetery on a guided walking tour led by staff of the Mary Todd Lincoln House. The tour features graves of both soldiers and civilians, including the Todd family, with an emphasis on Lexington’s divided home front during the Civil War. The tour will be offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11 and Sunday, October 25. The tour is approximately one mile...

Mary Todd Lincoln House to celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday with event for children, families

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18 with a lively event for children and their families. Doors open at 10 a.m. with the last entrance at 12 noon. Please allow one hour to complete the activities. This year’s games and activities will focus on Mrs. Lincoln and the role of the First Lady.  The event is designed for children ages 5-10 but is free to...

Mary Todd Lincoln House hosting ‘House Divided’ walking tours of Lexington Cemetery

Explore Lexington’s most famous cemetery on a guided walking tour led by staff of the Mary Todd Lincoln House. The tour features graves of both soldiers and civilians, including the Todd family, with an emphasis on Lexington’s divided home front during the Civil War. The tour will be offered at 2:30 p.m. every Sunday afternoon in October (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31) and lasts approximately 90...

Mary Todd Lincoln’s role as First Lady subject of 2016 Presidents’ Day Program

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 15, with a lively event for children and their families. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with this year’s games and activities focusing on Mrs. Lincoln and the role of the First Lady. Activities take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Mrs. Lincoln, depicted in pink, served as hostess at White House events....

‘Her Form Inclines to Stoutness’ Nov. 12 part of Mary Todd Lincoln House’s evening salon series

While Mary Lincoln was first lady, observers frequently commented on her clothing and appearance. One New York newspaper famously wrote, “Her form inclines to stoutness.” But was Mary Lincoln “stout?” Was she attractive? Why did they care about the first lady’s weight and clothing? Why do we still care? (Photo of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by Mathew B. Brady, 1861, Library of Congress) Everyone...

Mike Farrell: 150 years later, Lincoln’s life, death still cast a long shadow on history

Shown in the presidential booth of Ford’s Theatre, from left, are assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone. Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 and day the following day. (From Wikimedia Commons/Unattributed; based on the depiction from a mechanical glass slide by T. M. McAllister of New York, c1865-75)   It was a lovely spring day –...

Mike Farrell: 150 years later, Lincoln's life, death still cast a long shadow on history

Shown in the presidential booth of Ford’s Theatre, from left, are assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone. Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 and day the following day. (From Wikimedia Commons/Unattributed; based on the depiction from a mechanical glass slide by T. M. McAllister of New York, c1865-75)   It was a lovely spring day –...

Children can celebrate Presidents’ Day with Mrs. Lincoln at the Mary Todd Lincoln House

Mrs. Lincoln, depicted in pink, served as hostess at White House events. This role and others of the First Lady will be explored at the Presidents’ Day Family Event at the Mary Todd Lincoln House. (Abraham Lincoln’s Last Reception, 1865, Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)(Photo provided)     The Mary Todd Lincoln House will celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 16, with a lively...

Mary Todd Lincoln House tours tell story
of first lady and a dressmaking former slave

What was the relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln, the Lexington native who became First Lady, and a slave woman who bought her way to freedom? Guided tours in Lexington during two winter months will tell the story.   During the winter, the Mary Todd Lincoln House is closed to walk-in visitors. However, group tours are available with advance reservation year round, and from Jan. 15 to March...

Mary Todd Lincoln House director writes her own version of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

It took a mere 272 words for Abraham Lincoln to change American history in his Gettysburg Address, which turned 150 this month.   The November anniversary of his famous speech is being remembered as part of a national commemoration known as the “272 Word Challenge.” The public is invited to submit online their own 272 words about Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address or a cause which stirs...

Dinner, new play about Mary Todd Lincoln hosted by MTL House; local actor, playwright

Mary Todd Lincoln House on Lexington’s Main Street (Photo provided)   The Mary Todd Lincoln House will host a dinner and 45-minute performance of Mary Todd Lincoln: A House Divided at Malone’s in Lexington Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. An annual board meeting will follow.   The mini-drama examines one of the most historic personalities ever to call Kentucky home.  Born in Lexington in 1818,...

Betsy Waters: Touring the Bluegrass area
can be educational and fun for families

  Summertime is typically vacation time for families. Families flock to the coasts, to amusement parks or enjoy road trips to take in the scenery outside our own beautiful state.   There are, however, many wonderful attractions right here in the Bluegrass if you’re looking to save some money and enjoy a ‘stay’cation or just want to add more summer fun this year. Taking a tour of a...