Mary Todd Lincoln Subject of Statehood Day Talk

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will celebrate the 226th anniversary of Kentucky’s statehood on Friday, June 1, with a special Food for Thought program, “First Lady of Controversy,” on Mary Todd Lincoln, Kentuckian and wife of President Abraham Lincoln. Born to a wealthy political family on Dec. 13, 1818, Mary Lincoln was sophisticated, educated and versed in politics.

On the surface, her success in the White House seemed assured. Yet, few women in American history have endured as much tragedy and controversy. Gwen Thompson, executive director of the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, will present the program. 

This is the bicentennial year of Mary Lincoln’s birth. Food for Thought runs from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is $25 for KHS members and $30 for others. It includes a three-course catered lunch, the talk and admission to all KHS exhibits and sites. Reservations and payment are required by May 25. To register, call 502-564-1792, ext. 4408. KHS will not refund cancellations made after noon, May 29.

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