December 13 marks the 200th birthday of Mary Lincoln, one of America’s most famous and notorious first ladies. Join us for a special “Tales from the Vault,” when State Historian Samuel Wheeler discusses Mrs. Lincoln’s legacy and shows off one-of-a-kind items from her life that are now part of the Lincoln Presidential Library’s collection.The items you will see include her diamond necklace, letter opener, rare documents and the fan she reportedly took to Ford's Theate. Mrs. Lincoln herslef (portrayed by Pam Brown) will be there for an interview with Mr. Wheeler.
"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 558-6696.