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Mrs. Lincoln tells her story

Actress Laura Keyes portray Mary Todd Lincoln in an entertaining and educational program titled "Mrs. Lincoln in Love" at the Somonauk Public Library.
Actress Laura Keyes portray Mary Todd Lincoln in an entertaining and educational program titled "Mrs. Lincoln in Love" at the Somonauk Public Library.

Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies but few people know her story. Actress Laura Keyes will share her story in an entertaining and educational program titled “Mrs. Lincoln in Love” at the Somonauk Public Library.

Keyes’ meticulously researched presentations have been performed since 2008, receiving wonderful reviews. She will perform in Somonauk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The library is located at 700 E. Lasalle St., Somonauk.

“Mrs. Lincoln in Love” is set on Jan. 31, 1862, when Mrs. Lincoln and her family are settled comfortably in the Executive Mansion. Visiting with ladies during an afternoon tea, Mrs. Lincoln reflects on the loves of her life – her children, her husband and her country. She even shares some of Mr. Lincoln’s love letters to her.

Laura Keyes graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in library studies, and is the library director at The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg. She enjoys researching literary symbolism, and is contracted to write a book on that subject. Her past roles on stage include Elizabeth in “Frankenstein,” Laura in “The Glass Menagerie,” Claire in “Fuddy Meers,” Cecily in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

For more information, call the library at 815-498-2135.

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