“We Made History”   Presidential Living Historians



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George Washington

Lucretia Garfield

Eleanor Roosevelt

Mary Todd Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

James Garfield    

Ulysses S. Grant

William Howard Taft

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Previous Programs & Venues (page 1)

7th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 201

6th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 201

5th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 2012

4th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 2011

Presidential Homes and Historic Sites

Educational Links    

Local Mentor, Ohio & other
links of interest

Archived Events

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In Memoriam

Robert Hodder

(a.k.a. Theodore Roosevelt)

March 31, 2013

Friend & Colleague



What we are           Who we are           What we do          Venues           How to find us           What people say about us

Dale Fellows
President George Washington

Deborah Weinkamer

First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield

Linda Laronge

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Marian King

Mary Todd Lincoln


Photo Credit: Skip Trombetti, Van’s Photo, Mentor, OH

(Standing [left to right] Dale Fellows as George Washington; Debbie Weinkamer as Lucretia R. Garfield; Linda Laronge as Eleanor Roosevelt; Marian King as Mary Todd Lincoln; John W. King as Abraham Lincoln; Seated [left to right] Ed Haney as James A. Garfield; Donald Miller as Ulysses S. Grant; Dale Liikala as William H. Taft)

 John W. King
President Abraham Lincoln

Edward Haney

President James A. Garfield

Donald Miller

President Ulysses S. Grant

Dale Liikala
President William H. Taft

Skip Trombetti, Van’s Photos, Mentor, OH.



We Made History’s own John W. King, won the “Lincoln Look-Alike Contest” at the Shriver House Museum in Gettysburg, PA on July 3, 2013 as part of the town’s 150th Anniversary of the Battle.  He was judged the most genuine-looking Abraham Lincoln of the group of contestants by James Getty (renowned Lincoln actor & historian from Gettysburg). In these photos he is wearing the medal he was awarded.


(To see past news articles about the We Made History Troupe please click)

Skip Trombetti, Van’s Photos, Mentor, OH.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events
Last modified: 04/16/2014


Thur. 4/17/2014
Youngstown, OH

“A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia"- Portrayed by Linda Laronge & Debbie Weinkamer for the Park Vista Retirement Community.

Sat. 5/10/2014
Wadsworth, OH

“A Visit with Abraham & Mary Lincoln”- Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Wadsworth Public Library in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

Sat. 5/17/2014
Newell, WV

“First Lady of the World”  Eleanor Roosevelt- Portrayed by Linda Laronge for theTri-State Genealogical & Historical Society.

Fri. 5/23/2014

“A Visit with the Lincolns” -  Portrayed by John & Marian King for Vicksburg Middle School’s Civil War Day. All Day Event – Beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Sat. 5/24/2014
Berea, OH

“First Lady of the World” - Eleanor Roosevelt - portrayed by Linda Laronge for the Order of the Eastern Star, Berea Masonic Temple.

Sun. 6/01/2014
Aurora, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln”-Portrayed by John W. King for the Bark Bone-anza at the Tails & Trails Dog Park.

Sat. 6/14/2014
Geneva, OH

“An Evening with Abraham Lincoln”-Portrayed by John W. King  for the South Harpersfield United Methodist Church.

Wed. 6/25/2014
Parma Heights, OH

“An Evening with Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John W. King for the CCPL - Parma Heights Branch
**Rescheduled from February 5th due to weather**

Sat. 7/5/2014
Greenville, PA

“A Visit with the Lincolns” - President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln - Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Greenville Heritage Days Festival.

Sat. 7/26/2014
Sun. 7/27/2014
Jamestown, PA

“Meet the Lincolns” - President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln Portrayed by John & Marian King for the 21st Annual Pymatuning Pioneer & Arts Festival.

Sat. 8/09/2014
Conneautville, PA

President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln - Portrayed by John & Marian King for the 15th Annual Canal Park Summer Music Festival.  *Free Family Event*.

Sat. 8/16/2014
Olmsted Falls, OH


“Portrait of a 19th Century Marriage” - President & Mrs. James A. Garfield - portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration .(Program, followed by a Review of the Civil War Troops) 

Sat. 8/30/2014
Sun. 8/31/2014
Meadville, PA

“Meet President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King at the 150th PA Bucktails – Company K  “Muster in the Park”. Saturday, August 30, 2014 & Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Mon. 10/13/2014
Cleveland, OH

 “From Log Cabin to White House” President James A. Garfield - Portrayed by Ed Haney for the College Club of Cleveland

Sat. 11/8/2014
Sun. 11/9/2014
Parma, OH

“A Visit with Abraham & Mary Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Common Threads Quilting Guild St. John the Baptist.

Tues. 2/17/2015
Painesville, OH

“Meet George Washington & Our Constitution” - Portrayed by Dale Fellows for the Painesville Area Rotary Club.

Fri. 2/20/2015
Cortland, OH

"A Fireside chat with the Lincolns"- Portrayed by John & Marian King at the Greene Eagle Winery.

Sat. 2/21/2015
Rocky River, OH

“A Visit with the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King at Normandy Manor.


What we are 

Our troupe of first-person living historians from northeastern Ohio are more than impersonators or re-enactors.  We are serious portrayers of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies.  We have taken countless hours of study and research about these people from the past and have created an interpretation that captures the essence of their individual personalities.  We look at the totality of their lives and the times in which they lived and are not bound by modern-day political correctness or revisionist history.  These Presidents and First Ladies had very exciting lives without embellishing a moment!  Our troupe members reside in northeastern Ohio but can make arrangements to travel to other locations.


Who we are

Our past experiences include teaching, community theater, and providing interpretation, education, and research at the national presidential site in Mentor, Ohio.


What we do


We put our story-telling techniques to use in presenting programs in a most engaging and thought-provoking manner.  Re-enactment &  historical performances are tailored to your group’s interests and requirements, including photo opportunities and informal interactions.  Most programs are 40-minutes long, followed by a question-and-answer session.  However, we’ve been known to stroll at community events and local eateries, all in the name of educating the public about the Presidents and First Ladies.



Our presidential living historians have brought history to life for schools, historical societies, Civil War Roundtables, Civil War battlefield dedication, civic groups, libraries, ladies’ and men’s organizations, church groups, local public television shows, Garfield Family Reunions (current generations), and parades. Browse here to see some dates, locations and information of past performances.

We alter the performances of our historical re-enactments according to our audience needs and interests.  


How to find us

Contact Information:

 For general information regarding reasonable fees and bookings contact us at:

We Made History Living Historians
5999 Jane Drive
Mentor, OH 44060-2110
or email us individually

Mary Lincoln
William Taft
Abraham Lincoln
U.S. Grant
Lucretia Garfield
Eleanor Roosevelt
James Garfield
 George Washington



The troupe members of “We Made History” (left to right): Dale Fellows (Washington), Dale Liikala (Taft), Don Miller (Grant), Debbie Weinkamer (Lucretia Garfield), Ed Haney (Garfield), Linda Laronge (Eleanor Roosevelt), John W. King (Lincoln), & Marian King (Mary Lincoln)

We are members of the National Registry of Living Historians www.learningwithease.com/registry/index.cfm


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