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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: 08/17/2017

Thurs. 8/24/2017
Mentor, OH

“Life after President Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer  for The Landing Craft Support Museum’s 2017 Convention Luncheon. *Closed Event*

Fri. 8/25/17
Sat. 8/26/2017
Sun. 8/27/2017
Pierpont Twp,OH

“Meet Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John W. King  at the 127th Annual Pierpont Pioneer Picnic. *Free, family fun with food, games, and music*

Sat. 9/2/2017
Sun. 9/3/2017
Meadville, PA

“Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King - at the 150th Pennsylvania “Bucktails” – Company K  “Muster in the Park” Held at Diamond Park Square. Admission is Free! Join the fun and learn what life was like during the Civil War Era!

Mon. 9/11/2017
Ashtabula, OH

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

Thurs. 9/7/2017
Fairview Park, OH

“A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant” -  Portrayed by Don Miller at the Fairview Park Branch – CC Public Library. Antebellum Years & Civil War Service & Presidency. *Free Program*

Sat. 9/16/2017
Painesville, OH

“Meet Abraham Lincoln & George Washington - Portrayed by John King & Dale Fellows at Constitution Day. Bi-Partisan Event - Sponsored by State Rep. Ron Young. History- and family-oriented activities. **FREE**

Sun. 9/17/2017
Columbus, OH

“Courtship & Marriage of the Garfields” - First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Kelton House Museum & Garden Lecture Series.

Sat. 9/30/2017
Willoughby, OH

“From Log Cabin to the White House” - The Life of President James A. Garfield - Portrayed by Ed Haney for the First Christian Church of Willoughby. *Free Community Program**

Tues. 10/3/2017
Madison, OH

“Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King - for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association Luncheon Meeting at the Grand River Cellars Winery.

Fri. 10/6/2017
Mentor, OH

“A Meet-and-Greet with Lucretia Garfield” - Former First Lady & Widow Lucretia R. Garfield portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for Sisters Tea Room. **Closed Event** 

Youngstown, OH
"Beyond the Veil: Spiritualism & the Widowed First Ladies” - Mary Todd Lincoln & Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer  for the Breakfast Club at Ohio Living Park Vista.
Sat. 10/14/2017
Sun. 10/15/2017
Jefferson, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln” -  Portrayed by John King for the 34th Annual Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival -  Held in Downtown Jefferson Village. **Free admission**
Souvenirs, Crafts, Entertainment, Demonstrations, Quilt Show, Contests, Parade, Kids Rides/Games, Great Food.

Plus Driving Tours of the 18 Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County

Tues. 10/17/2017
Brecksville, OH

“Beyond the Veil: Spiritualism & the Widowed First Ladies” - Mary Lincoln & Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer for Travelin’ Tuesdays at the CCPL – Brecksville Branch Library.

Sat. 10/21/2017
Garfield Heights, OH

“Portrait of a 19th Century Marriage” -  First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Garfield Heights Woman’s Club Salad Luncheon. Doors open - 12:30 p.m.; Lunch - 1:00 p.m., followed by Program.

Mon. 10/23/2017
Austintown, OH

"Beyond the Veil: Spiritualism & the Widowed First Ladies” - Mary Todd Lincoln & Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer for the Friends of the Austintown Library.

Fri. 11/10/2017
West Lafayette, OH

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

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.


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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