1st Person Presentations

Mary Lincoln: Wife, Mother, First Lady


Mary: Widow of Lincoln

(1st Person Presentations)

During her life the press vilified her. Since her death, her image as a “hellcat” and an unmanageable wife has become part of the American consciousness. But, is this the true story of the wife of America’s greatest President?

Mary Lincoln comes to life as presented by Valerie Gugala.  She sets the historical record straight as she takes listeners through her life as a young woman born into a wealthy Lexington, KY, family and the transformation she made to become the wife of a young man whose background was just the opposite. Mrs. Lincoln takes the audience through the Lincoln family’s life in Springfield, Abraham’s political career and election to the presidency, and their life in the White House during the Civil War. Time for questions from the audience for Mrs. Lincoln is included in this program. (Because this is a 1st person program, no PowerPoint presentation accompanies it)

Valerie as Mary Lincoln at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Inside the Lincoln Tomb, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL