Rivals for Lincoln: William Herndon and Mary Lincoln
Thursday, February 27
Abraham Lincoln's wife and his law partner were never “tight.” You might say the two had issues, especially after Herndon’s series of lectures in Springfield about her late husband not long after his assassination. Herndon’s goal was to make Lincoln more human; Mary wasn’t interested in Herndon’s pseudo psychoanalysis of her husband, no matter how much truth filtered through.
Now, after more than 130 years, Mary Lincoln and William Herndon will share the same stage at Edwards Place on Thursday, February 27. Mary Lincoln interpreter Pam Brown and William Herndon impersonator Brian “Fox” Ellis will give back-to-back presentations about their characters and how they interpret them for audiences around the state and the nation.