“We Made History”   Presidential Living Historians



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George Washington

Lucretia Garfield

Eleanor Roosevelt

Mary Todd Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

James Garfield    

Ulysses S. Grant

William Howard Taft

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Previous Programs & Venues (page 1)

7th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 2014

6th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 201

Presidential Homes and Historic Sites

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Local Mentor, Ohio & other
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Archived Events

Contact Information:

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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

Linda Laronge

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

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 7-30-16 **We are pleased to announce that Eleanor Roosevelt is taking a limited number of engagements**


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

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Last modified: 10/20/2016

Sat. 10/29/2016
Mentor, OH

“Meet the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King - for the United Methodist Women’s Annual Celebration.

Tues. 11/1/2016
Youngstown, OH

“From Log Cabin to the White House” - James A. Garfield ~ Portrayed by Ed Haney -  For the Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning Institute at Park Vista.

Sun. 11/6/2016
Strasburg, OH

“Meet the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King for the First Lutheran Church.

Tues. 11/15/2016
Richmond Heights, OH

“Ohio Girl in Washington” - First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the “Faith Friends” of  Faith United Church of Christ.

Sat. 12/10/2016
Ashtabula, OH

“Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln ~ Christmas at the White House” - Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Ashtabula County District Library. *Free program*

Wed. 12/14/2016
Chesterland, OH
“First Lady of the World” -  Eleanor Roosevelt - Portrayed by Linda Laronge  for the West Geauga  Senior Center’s Holiday Tea.

Thur. 2/16/2017
Painesville, OH

“Portrait of a 19th Century Marriage” -  Portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the Willoughby Senior Center Luncheon.

Sat. 2/18/2017
WilloughbyHills, OH

President Abraham Lincoln & Gen. Ulysses S. Grant - Portrayed by John W. King & Don Miller for First Covenant Church.

Sun. 2/19/2017
Hudson, OH
Save the Date 5th Annual “Dinner with the Presidents -  featuring President & Lady Washington and President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Presidential friends ~ at Yours Truly Restaurant-Hudson…Details coming soon!
Mon. 2/20/2017
Mentor, OH
Save the Date 10th Annual “Dinner with the Presidents - featuring President & Lady Washington, President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, President & Mrs. James A. Garfield and Presidential friends ~ at Yours Truly Restaurant-Mentor…Details coming soon!
Thur. 2/23/2017
Youngstown, OH

“Life after President Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer -  for the Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning Institute.

Tues. 3/14/2017
North Royalton, OH

“First Lady of the World” -  Eleanor Roosevelt Portrayed by Linda Laronge -  for Cuyahoga County Public Library’s North Royalton Branch. **Free program * Reservations requested**

Wed. 4/12/2017
Brecksville, OH
“First Lady of the World” -  Eleanor Roosevelt ~ portrayed by Linda Laronge  for the GCC – Ohio Retired Teachers Association Luncheon.
Mon. 4/24/2017
Austintown, OH

“Meet George Washington” -  Portrayed by Dale Fellows at the Friends of the Library Meeting.

Sun. 7/9/2017
North Olmsted, OH

“First Lady of the World” - Eleanor Roosevelt - portrayed by Linda Laronge  for the Olmsted Historical Society Annual Tea.


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
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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