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What we are             Who we are           What we do          Venues           How to find us           What people say about us

Dale Fellows
President George Washington

Deborah Weinkamer

First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield

Marian King

Mary Todd Lincoln

Photo Credit: Skip Trombetti, Van’s Photo, Mentor, OH

(Standing [left to right] Dale Fellows as George Washington; Debbie Weinkamer as Lucretia R. Garfield; Linda Laronge as Eleanor Roosevelt; Marian King as Mary Todd Lincoln; John W. King as Abraham Lincoln; Seated [left to right] Ed Haney as James A. Garfield; Donald Miller as Ulysses S. Grant; Dale Liikala as William H. Taft)

 John W. King
President Abraham Lincoln

Edward Haney

President James A. Garfield

Donald Miller

President Ulysses S. Grant

Dale Liikala
President William H. Taft

as of 2-01-17  **President William H Taft is putting new engagements on hold**

We are saddened to share that our Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Linda Laronge ~ passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017, after a lengthy illness.

Linda brought an impressive First Lady to life for hundreds of people, capturing Eleanor’s wit and humor.

She will be greatly missed.


(To see past news articles about the We Made History Troupe please click)

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Last modified: 10/29/2017

Wed. 11/01/2017
Mentor, OH

“Saving Letters, Creating a Legacy & a Library” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for Lake History Center’s Fall Dine-Around. Social: 6:00 p.m. ~ Dinner: 6:30 p.m. ~ Program following.

Sat. 11/4/2017
Moreland Hills, OH

“Where in the World is Pulpit Rock?” - Meet President James A. Garfield- Portrayed by Ed Haney - at the Moreland Hills Historical Society Fund Raiser @ Chagrin Valley Country Club. *Benefitting the James A. Garfield Birth Site Park & Cabin* 

Fri. 11/10/2017
West Lafayette, OH

“A Visit with President Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John King for Ridgewood Middle School.

Fri. 11/17/2017
Westlake, OH

“Life after President Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Cuyahoga West Retired Teachers Association Luncheon Meeting.

Wed. 11/29/2017
Youngstown, OH

“Meet George Washington”- Portrayed by Dale Fellows - at the Gathering Room.

Wed. 12/06/2017
Beachwood, OH

“A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant” - portrayed by Donald Miller for the Rose Institute of Lifelong Learning. Program: Grant’s Antebellum Years & Civil War Memoir. 

Tues. 12/12/2017
Ashtabula, OH

“Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln ~ Christmas at the White House” -  Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Ashtabula County Retired Teachers.

Sat. 1/6/2018
Warren, OH

“Meet George Washington” - Portrayed by Dale Fellows - at the Mary Chesney Chapter ~ DAR Luncheon. Program following. *Location TBD * 

Wed. 2/14/2018
Bainbridge Twp, OH

“Meet George Washington - Portrayed by Dale Fellows -  Bainbridge Township Historical Society. 

Perry, OH

“A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant” -  Portrayed by Don Miller at the Perry Public Library.  Antebellum Years & Civil War Memoir.  *Free Program*

Wed. 7/4/2018
Ripley, WV

“Meet George Washington” - Portrayed by Dale Fellows at the Ripley 4th of July Parade. "America's Largest Small Town Independence Celebration."


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
William Taft
on hold temporarily
Abraham Lincoln
U.S. Grant
Lucretia Garfield
George Washington
James Garfield



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

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


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