Mary Lincoln Presenters

The Association of Lincoln Presenters

Susan Aloisio

Ms. Susan Aloisio

1905 Dundee Ln.
Johnstown, PA 15905
(931) 551-6846

Life member of ALP

Medically Retired from performing

Alice Ault as Mary Todd Lincoln.

Ms. Alice Ault

Jasper, GA
(828) 360-2927

Performs as Mary Lincoln alongside Homer Sewell of Jasper, GA as Abraham Lincoln.

Teena Baldridge

Ms. Teena Baldrige

620 Queensgate Rd.
Springboro, OH 45066
(937) 748-4077

Teena is a lifetime member of The Lincoln Society of Dayton.  She is their “official” Mary.

Teena has always loved acting in plays and comedy skits.   But what Teena enjoys most is bringing Mary Lincoln to life through her first person presentations, sharing her unique childhood to meeting and marrying Mr. Lincoln. Teena also portrays Mary as an Executive Mansion hostess to her widowhood.

Teena and her husband, Jeff had the opportunity to travel extensively during his 30 year US Air Force career.  Her two children are bilingual.  Teena can certainly relate to Mary Lincoln’s love of travel and all things European.

Ruth Boatright

Ms. Ruth Anne Boatright

112 N 2nd St.
Mascoutah, IL 62258
(618) 566-8715

Pam Brown as Mary Lincoln

Ms. Pam Brown

Springfield, IL
(217) 691-7436

“Taking Leave” May 22, 1865, Mary is preparing to leave the White House for the last time. Her heart is heavy, and her memories are great.

“Now and Forever,” April 14, 1865, as Mary is preparing to leave for the theatre, while having a conversation with a ‘not seen’ Abraham.

“The Ultimate Betrayal” September, 1876, Mary being interviewed about her time at Bellevue Place, in Batavia, IL, the night before she leaves for Europe. It’s informational, as well as, heartbreaking.

“A Trunk Full of Stories” Mary Lincoln, toward the end of her life, enjoyed sorting through her trunks…remembering. This piece is just that, a trunk full of stories, as she also interacts with Mr. Lincoln’s picture, December 13, 1880.

Willing to discuss other ideas and options, just call.

Ann Bruehler as Mary Todd Lincoln

Ms. Ann Morris Bruehler

927 Lynwood Dr.
Charleston, IL 61920

Facebook: Ann Morris Bruehler Portrayals

(217) 201-4785

Join Mary Todd Lincoln in the parlor in 1876 as she shares some of the remarkable events of her life, particularly in the ten years following Mr. Lincoln’s assassination. Learn about her financial woes, the Old Clothes Scandal, her insanity trial, and her time spent in a mental institution.

This is a first-person historical performance written and performed by Ann Morris Bruehler. .Ann holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a writer and an educator for several years and is active in several community theatre groups and organizations.

Mrs. Barbara Brugler

Mrs. Barbara Brugler

5312 Parkhurst Xing
McCordsville, IN 46055
(614) 885-1967


Barbara is able to present Mary Lincoln individually or with Robert Brugler as the team of Mary and Abraham Lincoln.

Jane DeBeaumont

Ms. Jane DeBeaumont

13640 Begonia Rd.
Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 951-7964

Mrs. Mary Elliott

Mrs. Mary Elliott

9221 Springbrooke Circle
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 931-2906


I have been portraying Mary Todd Lincoln for eight years. I thoroughly enjoy presenting her because I feel her story needs to be told. I have read and researched all about Mary Lincoln and fell in love with her character. My presentation is perfect for all types of audiences. I have performed in schools, libraries, museums and many Civil War Teas. Catch a glimpse at what was really going on in the Lincoln household!

Ms. Rita Hamilton

851 Bellows Mill Rd.
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
(859) 325-0452

Ms. Debbie Hanon

10883 Elderberry Ct.
San Diego, CA
(858) 382-2555

Joan Howard - Mary Lincoln

Ms. Joan Howard

414 Steele St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
C: (502) 545-1071

In 1985 Cliff and Joan Howard were asked to portray Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Even though they were both former teachers they had not studied the Lincoln’s extensively.  After 10 years they looked at Jefferson and Varina Davis in depth. Cliff wanted the student to feel that he/she had an opportunity to talk with the President and First Lady of the 1860s.

After Cliff’s death Joan has continued their history project as the First Lady of the Union and/or the First Lady of the Confederacy.

Ms. Laura Keyes

Ms. Laura Keyes

Dunlap, IL 61525
(815) 494-4313


Laura has been continually refining and improving her Mary Todd Lincoln performances over the years. She depicts more than tragic figure known to most people. Laura has done extensive research to find the politically astute, intelligent, ambitious, and sometimes humorous woman Mrs. Lincoln really was. Delving deep into Mary’s life from her childhood to the Executive Mansion, Laura strives for historical accuracy in all aspects of her presentation from customs to clothing right down to the actual style of language Mary Lincoln used. This level of detail allows Laura to tailor her performance for audiences of all ages.  Laura is happy to give her presentations in person or virtually.  Please contact her for more details.

Ms. Marian King as Mary Todd Lincoln

Ms. Marian King

3747 ST RT 445 S
Rock Creek, OH 44084
(440) 813-6925

Ms. Caroline L. Krandell

251 Solomon Drive
Estes Park, CO 80517
(930) 577-0280

Ms. Mary H. Lamphere

4914 Fairmont Dr.
Graniteville, SC 29829
(860) 334-3632


Available Year Round, Evenings and Weekends, School Hours by Arrangement

I offer four basic presentations with costume changes: Lincoln is Elected – January, 1861, The Lincolns’ Grand Reception – February 5, 1862, An Evening at Theater – April 14, 1865, The Widow Lincoln – July, 1882
A former social studies teacher, I have a deep love of American history, the American Civil War, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln.

Ms. Shirley Long

154 Bambi Way
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
(502) 644-7779

Ms. Sheri Manthei

4013 Hyde Road
Clark Lake, MI 49234
(517) 529-9989

Children’s programs for all ages are always fun. School Programs, in the form of assemblies or individual classrooms, for both Elementary and High Schools, even home schooled children.

Living History Camps and programs are a great addition to any Civil War Encampment, Time Line Event, Heritage Festival or just for the Community.

The Life and Times of Mary Todd Lincoln, the Lincoln Family.


Mrs. MaryAnne Mathews

1054 2nd Ave. NW
Carmel, IN 46032
(812) 760-3369


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marytoddlincoln

Twitter: @MaryLincoln1882

Availability is Flexible

Mrs. President: A Visit With Mary Todd Lincoln (a 45-minute to one-hour play detailing various periods of the First Lady’s life); shorter programs with lighter episodes emphasized. I am very good with spontaneous interactions and “Meet-and-Greets”. Also I perform a show of stories and songs (not as Mary Lincoln) called “Gettysburg Remembered”.

Actress, writer, teacher, first-person historical interpreter. I am retired from 28 years of teaching, mostly at the middle school level.

Donna McCreary

Ms. Donna McCreary

4620 Lake Forest Dr.
Charlestown, IN 47111-9033
(812) 256-2370


Donna, a Life Member of the ALP, has received the following ALP awards: “Outstanding MTL” (twice); “Outstanding Lincoln Team” with Dean Dorrell; “Lincoln Legend.”  She has performed at: Lincoln Museum, Fort Wayne, IN;  Lincoln Boyhood National Park, Lincoln City, IN; Lincoln Home, Springfield, IL.

Donna has written: Lincoln’s Table: A President’s Culinary Journey from Cabin to Cosmopolitan; Fashionable First Lady: The Victorian Wardrobe of Mary Lincoln; The Kentucky Todds of Lexington Cemetery; and is a contributing author to The Mary Lincoln Enigma, edited by the Hon. Frank Williams and Mike Burkhimer; and is published in Lincoln Lore and other journals.

Now semi-retired, Donna continues to write and lecture about Mary Lincoln and the Todd family.

Dorothy McClerren as Mary Lincoln

Mrs. Dorothy McClerren

910 Nursery Rd.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 345-6871


Dorothy A. McClerren is a retired elementary teacher.  She identifies with Mary Lincoln’s height, color of hair, color of eyes, and facial features.  In 1995 Dorothy was awarded first place in the Mary Todd Lincoln Look Alike contest at Hodgenville, Kentucky.  She also received the “Mary Todd Lincoln Presenter of the Year” award from the Association of Lincoln Presenters in 1995.

Mrs. McClerren said:  “I believe that Mary Lincoln has been much maligned.  I want to realistically represent her life in Kentucky, Illinois, and in the White House.  When my audiences hear Mary Lincoln I want them to feel and understand her soul, to laugh and weep with her.”

Anita McKee

Ms. Anita McKee

2658 Piper Hills Drive
Shiloh, IL 62221
(618) 416-5072

As the better half of Seven Oaks Research, Anita has discovered a fascination and appreciation for understanding and portraying 19th Century people.  She is also learning research and computer techniques as a way to make her learning more lasting.  She has discovered much about Mary Lincoln, and wants to know more, so much, that she wants to try portraying her.  She also wants to portray a few Springfield friends of Mary to provide a different perspective about her to modern audiences.

Susan Miller

Ms. Susan Viola Miller

108 Hidden Meadow Lane
Nicholasville, KY 40356
(859) 885-7294

Facebook: Susan Schendera Miller

Mary Lincoln Remembers” tells the story of Mary growing up in Lexington, her family, childhood antics and her superior education.  From a young age Mary’s ambition was to be the wife of the president.

The first-person presentations are about 1/2 hour, with questions after. The presentations are perfect for senior citizens, church, Girl Scout and woman’s groups etc.  Also children’s hands-on activities are available.

Susan has a BA in History and Anthropology and a MA in Education and Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University.  She is a retired Girl Scout program director.  Susan is the lead interpreter at Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington, Kentucky.

Ms. Nancy Peck

6051 Cumberland St.
San Diego, CA 92139
(619) 479-3623

JoAnn Peterson

Mrs. JoAnn Peterson

125 North Price Street
Kingwood, WV 26537
(301) 268-5116


Taking bookings year-round

JoAnn’s first portrayal of Mary Lincoln had author Jeff Shaara in the audience. No pressure there!

The highlights of her Mary portrayals were at NYC’s Cooper Union Great Hall and for “Chronicles of the American Civil War” podcasts.

A professional actor in theater and film, JoAnn brings Mary Lincoln to life, showing her humanity, her deep love and devotion to Mr. Lincoln, her sons, and her nation. She began portraying Mary in 2010 with the WV Humanities Council. Her Chautauqua-style performance has been presented for schools, libraries, Civil War roundtables, tour groups, historical societies, festivals, museums, senior centers and more.

Sally Mummey Raffenello at Mary Todd Lincoln

Ms. Sally “Mummey” Raffenello

14 Dearborn Ave.
Seabrook, NH 03874

Telephone: 603-474-5620
Email: spraff@comcast.net

Website: marylincolnfirstlady.com

Sally first portrayed Mrs. Lincoln during a carriage ride and awards banquet with Ken Burns for his documentary “The Civil War.” Since 1991 from schools to museums, Sally has amused and enlightened audiences of all ages. Striving for accuracy she brings this unconventional woman to life wearing carefully researched period clothing from pantalets to parasols. “Mrs. Lincoln’s story is compelling and as relevant today as then”.

A Life Member of the ALP, Sally received their “Mary Todd Lincoln Presenter of the Year” award in 1999. She is a speaker for the New Hampshire Humanities Council, actress, producer, and passionate historian.

Mary Sayre at Mary Lincoln

Ms. Mary Sayre

1495 Alton Station Rd
Lawrenceburg, KY 40642
(502) 839-7191

Ms. Laura Schlesinger as Mary Lincoln

Ms. Laura Schlesinger

Murfreesboro, TN
(615) 519-6897

A native Nashvillian, Laura L. Schlesinger made her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee one score and 7 years ago. Here, she has graced the community theatre stages! Upon graduating high school, Laura pursued a career in classical ballet at The Boston Conservatory. After receiving a Master’s in the Art of Teaching, she served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English at Middle Tennessee State University. She has served students of Rutherford County Schools for 15 years, teaching them reading, writing, and “arithmetic”. She is a reader, writer, published poet, dancer, actress, activist, environmentalist, and aspires to be a stand-up comedian and children’s book author. She performs as Mary Lincoln with her Abraham Lincoln, Jacob Truax, who is the full 6-foot four inches tall as was Lincoln himself. Jacob and Laura have both become members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters.

Pamela Voehl

Ms. Pamela Voehl

9572 Elk Mountain Circle
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 932-0752


Along with portraying Mary Lincoln with her husband in a growing number of one-act plays, Pamela Voehl also does a variety of solo Mary Todd Lincoln performances such as “An Evening with Mrs. Lincoln” and “The Widow Mary Lincoln”. These presentations showcase the complex life and personality of the “most misunderstood First Lady in history!”

In addition, Pamela presents “Mary Lincoln’s Trunk”, a fashion show displaying her personal wardrobe as a reenactor, and her familiarity with Civil War era women’s fashions.

Pamela has been married 45 years to John Voehl and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

Mrs. Sharon Wood

Ms. Sharon Wood

43 Centennial St.
Claremont, NH 03743
(603) 542-6454


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Telling-His-Story-and-Hers-156876327665058/

Available year round

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It, is a theatrical presentation set in the White House in 1861 (for student or family audiences) or after Lincoln’s assassination (for adult audiences), performed by Sharon and her husband Steve. The Lincolns tell stories of their early lives and the challenges they faced during this turbulent time in our country’s history. The Woods have been researching and portraying the Lincolns since 1995.

Send an email to be put on mailing list or check their Facebook page at Telling His-Story (and Hers) for events listings.

Ms. Sue Wright
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-1680; (865) 621-2093


Portrayals of Mary Lincoln

I have been portraying Mary Lincoln with my husband Tom since 2009.

Life member of ALP; 2016 recipient of ALP Excellence Award.