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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: 01/15/2019

Thur. 2/7/2019
Niles, OH

“Meet George Washington” - Portrayed by Dale Fellows for the Trumbull County Republican Women’s Club Luncheon Meeting.

Sat. 2/9/2019
Mentor, OH

“Tea with Lucretia Garfield & Her Son” ~ Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield ~ Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer Son James R. Garfield ~ Portrayed by Alan Gephardt.  
 *Free Program* ~ in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Mentor Public Library.

Thur. 2/12/2019
Perry, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln” ~ Portrayed by John King at the Perry Public Library.

Sun. 2/17/2019
Hudson, OH
Dinner with the Presidents” – Featuring George and Martha Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Lucretia R. Garfield -  Portrayed by Dale & Nancy Fellows, Donald Miller, Ruth Pangrace, & Debbie Weinkamer at the Yours Truly RestaurantHudson, OH.
Mon. 2/18/2019
Mentor, OH

 A Visit with Presidents Lincoln & Washington ~ with Special Guests: Theodore & Edith Roosevelt ~ hosted by Lucretia Garfield ~ Portrayed by John W. King, Dale Fellows, Julia & Larry Marple, & Debbie Weinkamer.
In honor of Presidents’ Day at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.  
Meet the Presidents ~ Kids’ activities & crafts ~ Trivia Game. Visit the Garfield home. *A Fee-Free Event for the entire family!*

Mon. 2/18/2019
Mentor, OH
Dinner with the Presidents” – Featuring Abraham & Mary Lincoln, Lucretia Garfield & daughter Mollie, and Theodore & Edith Roosevelt -  Portrayed by John & Marian King, Debbie Weinkamer, Addie Neace, & Larry & Julia Marple at the Yours Truly Restaurant – Mentor, OH.
Wed. 2/20/2019
Mentor, OH

“Lucretia Garfield: Ohio Girl in Washington” -  First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield ~ portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for Delta Kappa Gamma. 

Sun. 2/24/2019
Bremen, OH

“Meet George Washington” - Portrayed by Dale Fellows - In honor of Presidents’ Day for the Bremen Area Historical Society.

Tue. 3/5/2019
Mentor, OH

“Portrait of a 19th Century Marriage: The Courtship & Marriage of James & Lucretia Garfield” - First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield -  Portrayed by JAGNHS Lead Volunteer, Debbie Weinkamer for the Skye Bistro Lunch & Lecture Series. Lunch on your own from the menu. *Free Program following lunch*

Thur. 3/28/2019
Parma, OH

Life after President Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield -  Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the CCPLParma Branch Library.

Mon. 4/01/2019
Elyria, OH

“Civil War Life on the Homefront” - Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Quincy Gillmore Civil War Round Table - Spitzer Center, Lorain County Community College. 

Mon. 5/27/2019
Coshocton, OH

"President George Washington" - Portrayed by Dale Fellows - for the Memorial Day Services Sponsored by the Coshocton County Veterans Service Office. Main St. Parade, followed by services at Coshocton Court Square.


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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