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Deborah Weinkamer

First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield




Marian King

Mary Todd Lincoln






Larry & Julia Marple

Theodore and Edith Roosevelt




We Made History

Presidential Living Historians


Ruth Pangrace

Eleanor Roosevelt





 John W. King
President Abraham Lincoln




Donald Miller

President Ulysses S. Grant





Dale Fellows
President George Washington




Celebrating Ed Haney’s portrayal of Civil War General & 20th US President James A. Garfield
1985 to 2018
 A Mighty Fine Run!


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Calendar of Upcoming Events
Last modified: 07/17/2019

Fri. 7/13/ thru Sun. 7/14, 2019
Ludlow , PA

“A Visit with the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King -  for Ludlow Days at Wildcat Park  - Native American Pow Wow ~ Civil War Encampment ~ Kids’ Games ~ Concessions Music ~ Olmsted Manor & Ludlow History.

Sat. 7/20/2019
East Liverpool, OH

“A Visit by Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John W. King  for
A Soldier’s Life During the Civil War.
Kid friendly! 

Wed. 7/31/2019
Middlefield, OH
Madison, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns” -  Portrayed by John & Marian King at Great Day Child Care Learning Centers.

Sun. 8/11, 2019
Garfield Heights, OH

“Memories: Garfield Connections to Garfield Heights” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer- for the Garfield Heights Centennial & Annual Summer Festival.  Meet-and-Greet; Conversations.

Sat. 8/17/2019
Moreland Hills, OH

Destiny of the Republic: Life & Death of James A. Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield -  Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the benefit of the Moreland Hills Historical Society. Book Discussion & Special Appearance. *Reservations Required* ~ No tickets at the door. 

Fri. 8/23/ thru Sun. 8/25, 2019
Pierpont Twp, OH

“Meet Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John W. King - at the 129th Annual Pierpont Pioneer Picnic.  *Free  family fun with food, games, and music*

Wed. 9/11/2019
Ashtabula, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns”  -President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln - Portrayed by John & Marian King - at the Patriot Day Tribute Concert.

Sat. 9/21/2019 – Sun. 9/22/2019
Gallipolis, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns” - President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln- Portrayed by John & Marian King - at the Emancipation Day Celebration. Gallia County Fairgrounds.

Sat. 10/12/2019 – Sun. 10/13/2019
Jefferson, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln” -  Portrayed by  & Marian King for the 36th Annual Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival. Souvenirs, Crafts, Entertainment, Demonstrations, Quilt Show, Contests, Parade, Kids Rides/Games, Great Food.
**Free Admission**.  Plus Driving Tours of the 18 Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County.

Tues. 11/5/2019
Beachwood, OH

“Life after President Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield -  Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer  for the Rose Institute – at Stone Gardens Assisted Living.

Tues. 11/19/2019
Mentor, OH

“The Garfield Family & Mentor Public Library: A Conversation with Lucretia & James R. Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer - Son James R. Garfield - Portrayed by Alan Gephardt.  Mentor Public Library ~ Main Branch. *Free Program* in honor of the 200th anniversary of the library.

Wed. 12/11/2019
Shaker Heights, OH

A Conversation with Mary Lincoln & Lucretia Garfield” -   Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer for the The College Club of Cleveland. *Reservations Required*

Sat. 2/8/2020
Middleburg Hgts, OH

“A Visit with George & Martha Washington” -   Portrayed by Dale & Nancy Fellows - for the “Forever Young” Senior Adults. Pasta Dinner with Program following


What we are 

Our troupe of first-person living historians from northeastern Ohio are more than impersonators or re-enactors.  We are serious portrayers of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies.  We have taken countless hours of study and research about these people from the past and have created an interpretation that captures the essence of their individual personalities.  We look at the totality of their lives and the times in which they lived and are not bound by modern-day political correctness or revisionist history.  These Presidents and First Ladies had very exciting lives without embellishing a moment!  Our troupe members reside in northeastern Ohio but can make arrangements to travel to other locations.


Who we are

Our past experiences include teaching, community theater, and providing interpretation, education, and research at the national presidential site in Mentor, Ohio.


What we do


We put our story-telling techniques to use in presenting programs in a most engaging and thought-provoking manner.  Re-enactment &  historical performances are tailored to your group’s interests and requirements, including photo opportunities and informal interactions.  Most programs are 40-minutes long, followed by a question-and-answer session.  However, we’ve been known to stroll at community events and local eateries, all in the name of educating the public about the Presidents and First Ladies.



Our presidential living historians have brought history to life for schools, historical societies, Civil War Roundtables, Civil War battlefield dedication, civic groups, libraries, ladies’ and men’s organizations, church groups, local public television shows, Garfield Family Reunions (current generations), and parades. Browse here to see some dates, locations and information of past performances.

We alter the performances of our historical re-enactments according to our audience needs and interests.  


How to find us

Contact Information:

 For general information regarding reasonable fees and bookings contact us at:

We Made History Living Historians
5999 Jane Drive
Mentor, OH 44060-2110
or email us individually

Mary Lincoln
TR & Edith Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln
U.S. Grant
Lucretia Garfield
George Washington
  Eleanor Roosevelt



The troupe members of “We Made History” (left to right):  Debbie Weinkamer (Lucretia Garfield)
 Don Miller (Grant), Marian King (Mary Lincoln),
John W. King (Lincoln), & Dale Fellows (Washington)

We are members of the National Registry of Living Historians www.learningwithease.com/registry/index.cfm


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