“We Made History”   Presidential Living Historians



Upcoming Events-

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

5th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 2012

Presidential Homes and Historic Sites

Educational Links    

Local Mentor, Ohio & other
links of interest

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


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Calendar of Upcoming Events
Last modified: 08/18/2014

Tues. 8/19/2014
 Painesville, OH

“A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia”- Portrayed by Linda Laronge & Debbie Weinkamer for the Painesville Senior Center’s “English~American Tea Party” Luncheon.

Sat. 8/30/2014
Sun. 8/31/2014
Meadville, PA

“Meet President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King at the 150th PA Bucktails – Company K  “Muster in the Park”. Saturday, August 30, 2014 & Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Mon. 9/15/2014
Bainbridge, OH

“First Lady of the World”, Eleanor Roosevelt - Portrayed by Linda Laronge for the Chagrin Valley Woman’s Club. Lunch: 11:30 a.m., Program: 12:30 p.m.

Tues. 9/16/2014
Brecksville, OH

“Memoirs of U. S. Grant” - Portrayed by Donald Miller for the Cuyahoga County Public Library ~ Brecksville Branch Travelin’ Tuesdays Program.

Fri. 9/19/2014
Sun. 9/21/2014

“Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King at the 150th PA Voluntary Infantry’s (“Bucktails”) Civil War Encampment in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of Kane, PA.
Fri. 1-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission is Free!

Sat. 9/20/2014
Mentor, OH

“Letters from the Front” - General & Mrs. James A. Garfield -portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the Mentor Christian Church Fund Raiser.

Wed. 10/1/2014
 Brook Park, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King at the Ladies Guild General Meeting for Mary Queen of Apostles Parish.

Mon. 10/13/2014
Cleveland, OH

 “From Log Cabin to White House” President James A. Garfield - Portrayed by Ed Haney for the College Club of Cleveland

Mon. 10/13/2014
Mentor, OH

“Dear Wife & Mother” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Mentor Woman’s Club. Business Meeting: 7:00 p.m.; Program at 7:30 p.m. **Guests Welcome!**

Wed. 10/22/2014
Milan, OH

“A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia” - Portrayed by Linda Laronge & Debbie Weinkamer  for the Milan Public Library’s “Afternoon Attraction”.

Thurs. 10/23/2014
 Northfield, OH

“Memoirs of U. S. Grant” - Portrayed by Donald Miller  for the Akron-Summit County Public Library ~ Nordonia Hills Branch.
Free Program!

Tues. 11/4/2014
Youngstown, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns” - portrayed by Marian & John King for the Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning Institute.

Sat. 11/8/2014
Sun. 11/9/2014
Parma, OH

“A Visit with Abraham & Mary Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Common Threads Quilting Guild St. John the Baptist.

Sat. 12/13/2014
Middlefield, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns”- portrayed by John & Marian King at First United Methodist Church ~ Middlefield.

Thurs. 1/8/2015
 Cuyahoga Falls, OH

“First Lady of the World”-  Eleanor Roosevelt - Portrayed by Linda Laronge for the “Going Strong” Ministry. First United Methodist Church.

Mon. 2/16/2015
Youngstown , OH

“Memoirs of U. S. Grant” - Portrayed by Donald Miller - for the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite ~Valley of Youngstown. 

Tues. 2/17/2015
Painesville, OH

“Meet George Washington & Our Constitution” - Portrayed by Dale Fellows for the Painesville Area Rotary Club.

Fri. 2/20/2015
Cortland, OH

"A Fireside Chat with the Lincolns"- Portrayed by John & Marian King at the Greene Eagle Winery.

Sat. 2/21/2015
Rocky River, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King at Normandy Manor.

Fri. 2/27/2015
Lorain, OH

“First Lady of the World” -  Eleanor Roosevelt portrayed by Linda Laronge for the Lakeland Woman’s Club.

Thurs. 6/18/2015
Kirtland, OH

“The Courtship & Marriage of James & Lucretia” - Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Miscellany Club Luncheon.


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
Eleanor Roosevelt
James Garfield
 George Washington



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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