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

Dale Fellows
as
President George Washington

Deborah Weinkamer
as

First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield

Linda Laronge
as

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Marian King
as

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
as
President Abraham Lincoln

Edward Haney
as

President James A. Garfield

Donald Miller
as

President Ulysses S. Grant

Dale Liikala
as
President William H. Taft

as of 12-10-16 **Eleanor Roosevelt is taking a break from scheduling any new engagements**

 

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Calendar of Upcoming Events
Last modified: 01/15/2017

Thur. 2/9/2017
Chesterland, OH

“A Visit with President & Mrs. Lincoln” -   Portrayed by John & Marian King for Mayfield United Methodist Church’s God’s Caring Community.

Sat. 2/11/2017
Erie, PA

“Meet President Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John King for Mt. Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Thur. 2/16/2017
Painesville, OH

“Portrait of a 19th Century Marriage” -  Portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the Willoughby Senior Center Luncheon.

Fri. 2/17/2017
Cortland, OH

“A Visit with President & Mrs. Lincoln” -Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Greene Eagle Winery.

Sat. 2/18/2017
WilloughbyHills, OH

President Abraham Lincoln & Gen. Ulysses S. Grant - Portrayed by John W. King & Don Miller for First Covenant Church.

Sun. 2/19/2017
Hudson, OH
5th Annual “Dinner with the Presidents -  featuring President & Lady Washington and President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Presidential friends ~ at Yours Truly Restaurant-Hudson. A Family Event in honor of Presidents’ Day! * No reservations necessary * (Order from the regular menu)
Mon. 2/20/2017
Mentor, OH

 “A Visit with Presidents Lincoln & Washington ~Hosted by Lucretia Garfield” - Portrayed by John W. King, Dale Fellows, & Debbie Weinkamer - In honor of Presidents’ Day at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. A Fee-Free Event for the entire family!  Meet the Presidents ~ Kids’ activities & crafts ~  Visit the Garfield home.

Mon. 2/20/2017
Mentor, OH
10th Annual “Dinner with the Presidents - featuring President & Lady Washington, President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, President & Mrs. James A. Garfield and Presidential friends ~ at Yours Truly Restaurant-Mentor.
Tues. 2/21/2017
Medina, OH

“Memoirs of U.S. Grant” Portrayed by Don Miller  - In Honor of Presidents’ Day  at the Medina County Home Retirement & Assisted Living Facility.

Wed. 2/22/2017
Erie, PA

“A Visit with President Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John King for Kingsville Elementary School ~ 1st Grade.

Thur. 2/23/2017
Youngstown, OH

“Life after President Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer -  for the Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning Institute.

Thur. 2/23/2017
Newberry Township, OH

“Meet President Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John King for the Geauga County Democratic Party.

Tues. 2/28/2017
East Springfield, PA

“A Visit with President Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John King for the East Springfield Senior Center.

Mon. 3/6/2017
Willoughby Hills, OH

“From Log Cabin to the White House” - The Life of President James A. Garfield Portrayed by Ed Haney  for the Senior Saints.  

Tues. 3/14/2017
North Royalton, OH

“First Lady of the World” -  Eleanor Roosevelt Portrayed by Linda Laronge -  for Cuyahoga County Public Library’s North Royalton Branch. **Free program * Reservations requested**

Wed. 4/12/2017
Brecksville, OH
“First Lady of the World” -  Eleanor Roosevelt ~ portrayed by Linda Laronge  for the GCC – Ohio Retired Teachers Association Luncheon.
Mon. 4/24/2017
Austintown, OH

“Meet George Washington” -  Portrayed by Dale Fellows at the Friends of the Library Meeting.

Sat. 5/20/2017
Twinsburg, OH

“A Conversation with Mary Todd Lincoln & Lucretia Garfield” -  Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer for the Peace Bear Project, Inc. Annual Fundraiser Luncheon. 

Thur. 5/25/2017
Huron, OH

“Courtship & Marriage of the Garfields” - First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Huron Public Library.

Fri. 5/26/2017
Vicksburg, MI

“A Visit with the Lincolns” -  Portrayed by John & Marian King for Vicksburg Middle School’s Civil War Day Historical Society Village.

Sun. 6/4/2017
Solon, OH

“Meet President James A. Garfield” - Portrayed by Ed Haney -  for the Garfield Window Rededication at the Solon Historical Society Museum.

Sat. 6/17/2017
Sun. 6/18/2017
Williamstown, WV

“Meet the Lincolns” -  President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln Portrayed by John & Marian King for the Civil War Re-Enactment at Historic Henderson Hall.

Tues. 6/20/2017
Williamstown, WV

“Meet the Lincolns”-  President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln Portrayed by John & Marian King at the I-77 West Virginia Welcome Center.

Fri. 6/30/2017
Ripley, WV

“History Alive!” - Abraham Lincoln - Portrayed by John King at the Alpine Theatre.

Sat. 7/1/2017
Greenville, PA

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

Tue. 7/4/2017
Ripley, WV

“Meet Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John King at the Ripley 4th of July Parade.

Sun. 7/9/2017
North Olmsted, OH

“First Lady of the World” - Eleanor Roosevelt - portrayed by Linda Laronge  for the Olmsted Historical Society Annual Tea.

Sat. 8/12/2017
Conneautville, PA

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln” -  Portrayed by John King for the  Annual Canal Park Summer Music Festival. *Free Family Event*.

Mon. 8/21/2017
Hudson, OH

“Meet the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King for Great Day! Tours.

Thurs. 8/24/2017
Mentor, OH

“Life after President Garfield” - Widow & Former First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer  for The Landing Craft Support Museum’s 2017 Convention Luncheon. *Closed Event*

Fri. 8/25/17
Sat. 8/26/2017
Sun. 8/27/2017
Pierpont Twp,OH

“Meet Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John W. King  at the 127th Annual Pierpont Pioneer Picnic. *Free, family fun with food, games, and music*

Sat. 9/2/2017
Sun. 9/3/2017
Meadville, PA

“Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King - at the 150th Pennsylvania “Bucktails” – Company K  “Muster in the Park” Held at Diamond Park Square. Admission is Free! Join the fun and learn what life was like during the Civil War Era!

Mon. 9/11/2017
Ashtabula, OH

 “A Visit with the Lincolns” - President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln - Portrayed by John & Marian King at the Patriot Day Tribute Concert at Lake Shore Park.

Sun. 9/17/2017
Columbus, OH

“Courtship & Marriage of the Garfields” - First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Kelton House Museum & Garden Lecture Series.

Tues. 10/3/2017
Madison, OH

“Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln” - Portrayed by John & Marian King - for the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association Luncheon Meeting at the Grand River Cellars Winery.

Sat. 10/7/2017
Sun. 10/8/2017
Jefferson, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln” -  Portrayed by John King for the 34th Annual Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival -  Held in Downtown Jefferson Village. **Free admission**
Souvenirs, Crafts, Entertainment, Demonstrations, Quilt Show, Contests, Parade, Kids Rides/Games, Great Food.

Plus Driving Tours of the 18 Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
.

 
 

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.


 

Venues

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
marylincoln1818@gmail.com
William Taft
dliikala@gmail.com
Abraham Lincoln
alincoln212@yahoo.com
U.S. Grant
bessmort9@roadrunner.com
Lucretia Garfield
lucretiagarfield@gmail.com
George Washington
dalefellows@sbcglobal.net
James Garfield
jagarfield@att.net
 

 

 
 
 

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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