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History Happy Hour: Mary Lincoln - Myths from Herndon to Spielberg

Considered one of the most intriguing first ladies, this talk will explore many of the myths and misperceptions surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary. Of particular interest is the life the couple led during the American Civil War, one of the most dramatic episodes in American history and one of the most challenging times for any President. A daughter of the Bluegrass aristocracy, Mary was subjected to family opposition to her marriage, interrupted courtship and a rocky road to becoming Mrs. Lincoln. Then the couple went on a roller coaster ride from the state capital in Springfield, Illinois to the White House. Examining her roles from as First Lady to First Widow, Catherine Clinton will explore this flawed and fascinating character through a series of questions and answers. Come join us on Thursday, August 31 at 6:00 pm ET, to hear more about Mary Lincoln: Myths from William Herndon to Steven Spielberg!

History Happy Hour is a biweekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Join us as experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations.

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