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Sisters Tea Room)
An Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social was co-hosted
by Sisters Tea Room and the Country Pedlar Shop
in Mentor, OH on July 6, 2014.
First Ladies shared their family stories of
summers past: Mary Todd Lincoln, Lucretia
Garfield, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The lush green
lawns were the site of games like croquet,
badminton, horseshoes, and sack races.
Bergen provided turn-of-the-century music and a
sing-along. East Coast Original Custard
accompanied strawberry shortcake, iced teas,
lemonade, and sweets from Sisters Tea Room.
Many participants wore Victorian hats and
Sisters Tea Room)
Sisters Tea Room)
Our Abraham Lincoln
(a.k.a. John W. King) not only kisses babies and
loves children, but he’s also a friend to
animals, too! Here he is with “Blue” at the
2014 “Freedom Dog Fest 5K Run & 1.75 Mile Mutt
Strut” at the Trails & Tails Dog Park in Aurora,
OH on June 1st. Proceeds from this
race benefit Freedom Greyhound Rescue’s foster
care program for discarded ex-racing greyhounds
while they are waiting for
their forever homes.
Flag Day, June 14, 2014, the Giddings Law Office
in Jefferson, OH was the site of a dedication
ceremony for a new flag pole (donated by the
Jefferson Rotary Club) and illumination light
(donated by Herb Housel).
The Ashtabula County Historical Society owns the
law office, which is on the National Register of
Historic Places. It is undergoing restoration
and will be re-dedicated later this year.
by the ACHS)
address was presented by WMH’s Abraham Lincoln
(John W. King), with comments following by
Joshua R. Giddings (Dave Martin).
(Photos by the
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, former First Ladies
Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucretia Garfield crossed
paths and chatted over tea in front of a full
audience at Park Vista Retirement Community in
Youngstown, OH. The program was part of the
Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning Institute.
Finger sandwiches and desserts were served as
part of the tea.
(Photo: Mr. &
Mrs. Lincoln with a guest.
The Lincolns were brought to life for the
“Spirits of the Past Dinner” at the Johnson
House on Friday, April 25, 2014 as part of
Wadsworth, Ohio’s Bicentennial celebrations.
Abraham and Mary Todd crossed paths with
historic people from different eras and those
The annual Sousa Concert performed by the Port
Clinton (OH) High School Band on Thursday, May
22, 2014 featured Abraham Lincoln reading the
Gettysburg Address to the “Battle Hymn of the
Republic.” The PCHS Band was under the
direction of Rod Miller, dressed up to look like
John Phillip Sousa.
Photo by John Schaffner:
and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln acknowledge the
applause of the packed house at the Port Clinton
High School Performing Arts Center.
Abraham Lincoln and General James A. Garfield
(John King & Ed Haney) were part of the 20th
Annual Convention of the Association of Lincoln
Presenters (ALP) that took place in Natchez, MS
from April 10-13, 2014. They participated in
the many activities, including visiting the USS
Cairo, a Southern plantation, and Vicksburg.
General Garfield gave a presentation about how
he got into the Civil War and his connection to
the 16th President.
Association of Lincoln Presenters
in Vicksburg, MS, April 2014. WMH’s Lincoln
(a.k.a. John King) is at the left end of the top
Garfield gives some currency with his picture on
it to a young library patron
President and Mrs. James A. Garfield delighted
Mentor (OH) Library ~ Main Branch families on
Saturday, February 8, 2014, sharing stories
about their Mentor Farm, their children, and the
upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday.
On Friday, April 11, 2014, George Washington
dined with patrons of the Greene Eagle Winery in
Cortland, OH. A special dinner of Yankee pot
roast, peanut soup, and cherry pie a la mode was
served. Afterwards, our first President moved
throughout the winery, answering questions and
posing for “sketches.”
We Made History was invited to participate in “A
Night in History” at the John McIntire
Elementary School in Zanesville, OH on Thursday,
March 20, 2014. This PTO-sponsored, family
event featured stations where each President and
First Lady relayed their story by using hands-on
props, books, and pictures. Some of the
students dressed up as their favorite historical
character, so WMH met the Statue of Liberty,
Orville Wright, and Annie Oakley!
Mr. Lincoln sets
up his station in the library
Mary Todd Lincoln fixes her
table just so
Eleanor Roosevelt poses
with her Scottie dog, Fala (and her fox stole
`The McKinley Memorial & Library in Niles, OH
hosted Eleanor Roosevelt on Saturday, March 8,
2014. The enthusiastic audience members not
only enjoyed her life story, but also lined up
to ask Eleanor questions after the program!
her talk and meeting the audience members – of
George Washington (Dale Fellows) had a very
busy month with Presidents’ Day and his birthday
both being celebrated in February. On February
20, 2014, Washington visited the Perry Public
Library and took the audience back to the 18th
Century. Afterwards, the library patrons were
treated to a dessert of cherry pie!
On February 22, 2014, General Washington
was the featured speaker at the Western Reserve
Society, Sons of the American Revolution’s (WRSSAR)
annual George Washington’s Birthday celebration
held at Shaker Heights Country Club. 150 guests
attended this event, representing over 2 dozen
civic, historic, and patriotic organizations
from around Ohio. Following their steak Filet
meal, 15 cherry pies were awarded to guests as
door prizes. The WRSSAR group was founded in
Cleveland in 1892. Submitted Photo: General
Washington (left) with WRSSAR President Duncan
The eight Presidents and First Ladies from “We
spent the day at Normandy Elementary School in
Bay Village, OH on February 13, 2014 in honor of
Presidents’ Day. It was the culminating event
of a 10-day study of the U.S. Presidents by the
students. A grant from the Bay Village
Education Foundation made all the activities
possible. The day began with a patriotic
assembly, followed by individual classroom
Click below for information on the We Made
History troupe’s visit to Normandy Elementary
School in Bay Village on 2/13/14)
Principal Dan Sebring, far right, welcomed a
host of former presidents and first ladies.
Pictured, from left: Presidents William Taft,
George Washington, James Garfield, Ulysses S.
Grant and Abe Lincoln; and first ladies Lucretia
Garfield, Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary Todd
Lincoln. by Julie Holland
Garfields were treated to a lovely
Christmas Tea on December 8, 2013 at the Sisters
Tea Room (http://www.sisterstea.com/)
in Mentor, OH. President-elect and Mrs. James
A. Garfield shared stories about their Christmas
traditions with the 40 patrons, as well as
anecdotes about their young children and life on
their Mentor Farm. They were delighted to
answer questions, too! The Sisters, Theresa and
Julia(left), and their very skilled staff,
prepared and served a typical 1880-style meal
complemented by James Garfield’s favorite tea.
After experiencing an October blizzard...
postponed the Mount Rushmore Society’s
We Made History’s
returned to Rapid City, SD for “An Evening with
William H. Taft” on Saturday, November 23,
2013. The banquet went very well and a number
of people thanked Mr. Taft profusely for
returning to Rapid City so they could learn more
about our 27th President and 10th
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. One
attendee even sent a copy of the menu printed
when President Taft visited Rapid City in 1911
to our Mr. Taft afterwards! This annual event
is a key fundraiser for the Mount Rushmore
Society, a non-profit organization whose mission
has been to “preserve, protect and promote” the
Memorial since 1930.
Ed Haney and Debbie Weinkamer
were honored to appear as the Garfields at the
Mentor Christian Church for a fund raiser on
October 19, 2013. This was James and Lucretia
Garfield’s church when they lived at their
Mentor Farm in the late 1870s and early 1880s.
After the program, a fine spaghetti dinner was
served under the direction of Pastor Cheryl
Delaney’s husband, Fred. Church Secretary Renee
Simko led the group that decorated the church
building with Garfield memorabilia ~ a very nice
touch of nostalgia wherever one looked.
Former First Ladies Mary Todd
Lincoln & Lucretia R. Garfield spent a
delightful afternoon on board the Cuyahoga
Valley Scenic Railroad on Sunday, September 29,
2013. “Tea and Thyme” in Akron provided the
delectable tea served to a sold-out crowd of 50
in the Lone Star dining car. The widowed First
Ladies provided a glimpse of their lives in the
Executive Mansion and also revealed how they
dealt with the loss of their husbands.
(Photos by Lauren White
Portrayer of James A. Garfield, received a
commemorative brick in the walkway to Garfield
Moreland Hills, OH on the occasion of his
milestone birthday ~ and to honor his 25 years
of depicting our 20th U.S.
President! Descendants Tim Garfield and
his wife Carla and granddaughters, Andrew Mizsak:
Staff Coordinator - Friends of the James A.
Garfield National Historic Site, Katie & Jon
Martin: President & Treasurer of the Moreland
Hills Historical Society; and
colleagues and friends Debbie Weinkamer:
portrayer of Lucretia Garfield, and Linda
Laronge: portrayer of Eleanor Roosevelt were
present for the unveiling ceremony.
2013-09-22 General Garfield,
Lincoln, Pvt. Artino, & Mrs. Garfield at The
by Elaine Maurer)
2013-09-22 The Garfields speak to
the crowd at The Grove
Grove” in Mayfield Village, OH on Sunday,
September 22, 2013, gave visitors a chance to go
back in time to the Civil War era.
General U.S. Grant and General & Mrs. James
A. Garfield joined President Lincoln
(portrayed by Mel Maurer) in sharing their
recollections of the war. The “Federal Rebels”
provided music and exhibits were on display from
the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, Soldiers &
Sailors Monument Commission, James A. Garfield
Camp No. 142 SUVCW, and the Mayfield Township
and two of his Union Generals from Ohio,
Ulysses S. Grant and James A. Garfield,
shared their stories
with more than 120 riders on Cuyahoga Valley
Scenic Railroad for “Steam in the Valley” on
Sunday, September 8, 2013. The mighty NKP
765 locomotive pulled the train cars on this
historic and educational excursion that
travelled through the Cuyahoga Valley. The
16th US President and two of his best Civil
War generals explained their military pasts,
how the war affected them, and revealed how
they crossed paths. Their frustrations and
accomplishments were discussed, as well as
some of the humorous situations they
encountered from 1861 to 1865.
2013-09-08 Akron Northside
Station - General Grant, President Lincoln, &
General Garfield by the steam locomotive
on the Train with Eleanor Roosevelt!
August 4, 2013
Lauren White Photography
It was a perfect day for Tea on the Train with
Eleanor Roosevelt! Ladies and gentlemen enjoyed
high tea, thanks to Patti White’s “Tea & Thyme”
from Akron, Ohio, while riding in the luxurious
St. Lucie car on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic
Railroad that departed from the Akron Northside
Station. Eleanor Roosevelt delighted the group
with her life story, along with anecdotes about
being “Eleanor Everywhere” and “First Lady of
Beyond the Veil
photo by Jason Lea
Mentor Library patrons discovered the 19th
Century’s fascination with Spiritualism,
séances, and premonitions through the program
“Beyond the Veil,” presented for Monday
University on June 3, 2013. Widows (and
former First ladies) Mary Todd Lincoln and
Lucretia Garfield shared how these beliefs and
practices affected their lives.
own John W. King, won the “Lincoln
Look-Alike Contest” at the Shriver House Museum
in Gettysburg, PA on July 3, 2013 as part of the
town’s 150th Anniversary of the
Battle. He was judged the most genuine-looking
Abraham Lincoln of the group of contestants by
James Getty (renowned Lincoln actor & historian
from Gettysburg), Mary Lincoln (portrayed by
Linda Smith), and Lincoln artist Wendy Allen.
To read more
about the contest and John King as Lincoln,
Taken by Travis S. Pratt, staff
photographer-Frederick News Post
than 50 members of Carlin's Battery D, along
with other re-enactors from around the state,
joined President & Mrs. Lincoln (John & Marian
King) at Wood County Veterans Memorial Park on
June 23, 2013 for Civil War activities and the
commemoration of the 150th
Anniversary of West Virginia’s statehood. For
more details, please see
George Washington spoke about the
artist, engineer, and liberty-loving Thaddeus Kosciuszko – a
Pole who helped America in our revolution against Great
Britain from 1776 to 1784 – at the Polish American Cultural
Club of Cleveland’s Re-Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, May 5,
2013. The Kosciuszko statue, originally dedicated on May 7,
1905 near the Cleveland Museum of Art, had been safely
crated during the museum’s recent renovation project. The
Polish community, including dignitaries , dancing children
in colorful, traditional costumes, and teenagers reading
poetry in their native tongue, participated in the event
held on the steps to the 1916 entrance of the CMA.
“We Made History’s”
Abraham & Mary Lincoln, James & Lucretia Garfield, and
Eleanor Roosevelt joined with Washington to help bring
history to life!
photo by Lukasz Waszczuk
photo by Lukasz Waszczuk
photo by Lukasz Waszczuk
photo by Lukasz Waszczuk
photo by Lukasz Waszczuk
photos by Lukasz Waszczuk
The American Library Association Public
Programs Office chose the Aurora Historical
Society to host “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil
War,” a traveling exhibition developed by the National
Constitution Center, Philadelphia, and the American Library
Association Public Programs Office, with the generous
support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The
exhibition will tour the U.S. from October 2011 through the
fall of 2015. It will appear in Ohio only eleven times.
The exhibition was on display in AHS’s museum from February
to April 2013.
President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, President Ulysses S.
President and Mrs. James A. Garfield were the
keynote speakers at
the Aurora Historical
Society’s Gala Opening event for the
Exhibit on February 23, 2013. They enjoyed meeting and
chatting with patrons during a reception featuring hors d’oveurs
and beverages that followed a tour of the exhibit.
Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucretia
Garfield “crossed paths” at the Parma-Ridge
Branch Library (CCPL) on April 24, 2013.
Attendees heard about
marriage difficulties, mothers-in-law, and early self-esteem issues that
both former First Ladies encountered. One
“It was so real – and conversational – that I
didn’t want it to end!”
Photos by Nancy A. Weitendorf,
Adult Public Services Librarian, Parma-Ridge
Branch – CCPL
Photo by Nancy A. Weitendorf,
Adult Public Services Librarian, Parma-Ridge Branch – CCPL
President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln greeted Atlas Cinemas –
Great Lakes’ theater-goers in Mentor, Ohio on November 23rd
and 24th for the showing of Steven Spielberg’s
“Lincoln” movie. Surprised theater patrons of all ages posed
for photos with the 16th President and First Lady
and chatted with them about the details of their lives.
Widow Lucretia Garfield
met visitors in a turn-of-the-20th Century parlor
at the Lake County Historical Society’s “Home for the
Holidays” on November 30, 2012. This new exhibit
explains the Garfield family’s contributions to Lake County
after President Garfield’s death in 1880. The
revolving exhibit will highlight different family members
General James A.
Garfield and wife Lucretia...
...read excerpts of their Civil War letters at Zion Lutheran
Church in honor of Fairport Harbor, Ohio’s Bicentennial on
Sunday, October 7, 2012. The “Battle Hymn of the
Republic,” with organ accompaniment, was sung by all in
attendance to open the program.
(Photos provided by Carla Vondrak, wife of General
Garfield’s Great-Great-Grandson Tim Garfield.)
President Taft (Dale Liikala) visited his birth site - now
the William Howard Taft National Historic Site - in
Cincinnati, OH on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20,
2012. Rangers Ray Henderson and Kerry Wood rolled out
the red carpet of hospitality. Taft joined a
Ranger-led group for a tour of the house and greeted many
visitors as they arrived at the site.
More than 40 were in attendance as the “Reluctant President”
about his early life and how it prepared him to
become the Governor
of the Philippines, the 27th
U.S. President, and finally Chief Justice
of the Supreme
Court. He particularly enjoyed watching the visitors’
Children from 3 to 7 years old and their
families met Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and
Theodore Roosevelt at the Chagrin Falls Branch Library on
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 for the “Chautauqua-in-Chagrin:
Meet the Presidents” program.
The three Presidents shared stories about
their youth and how they overcame difficulties to grow up to
lead the United States. Afterwards, the youngsters stayed
for a presidential craft and movie.
The Solon Historical Society dedicated Solon's first Ohio
Historical Marker at the Society's Museum grounds (33795
Bainbridge Rd.) on Sunday, July 22, 2012. This is the
107th marker in Cuyahoga County and 1,407th
in the state of Ohio.
Tim Garfield, Joe Baumann, Jay Garfield, Bob Schimitts
unveil Solon Historical Marker
An Ohio Historical Society representative, Solon Mayor Susan
Drucker, Solon Historical Society’s President Bob Schimits,
Curator Joe Baumann and other Solon H.S. board members
participated in the unveiling and dedication ceremony.
2012-7-22 Tim Garfield, J.A.Garfield, Dave Lintern, Carla
Vondrak listen to Mayor Drucker.
President James A. Garfield, portrayed by
Ed Haney, spoke about his various connections with Solon:
teaching, preaching and other church activities, and family
visits. Also present were two living relatives of
Garfield: Great-Great Grandson Tim Garfield of Twinsburg,
OH and Great-Great-Great Grandson James A. Garfield III
(“Jay”) of Solon, OH.
local Dairy Queen provided ice cream treats to go along with
cake and lemonade refreshments afterwards.
President Taft was
one of the last items on the agenda
and arrived (with Secret Service
protection) to "Hail to the Chief"
and a standing ovation. Members of
the DMEA who wished, could have
their picture taken with Mr. Taft
for a $3.00 donation that went to
DMEA's charity foundation.
The Delta-Montrose Electric
Association’s (DMEA) annual meeting
was held on Flag Day, June 14, 2012
at the Montrose (Colorado) Pavilion.
President William H. Taft, portrayed
by Dale Liikala, addressed the
meeting about the South Canal
hydroelectric project now under
construction. The “real” President
Taft had dedicated the Gunnison
Tunnel a little more than 100 years
before – a project that enabled the
surrounding valley area to become a
productive agricultural community,
with the potential to generate
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