“We Made History”   Presidential Living Historians



Upcoming Events-

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 2014

6th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 201

Presidential Homes and Historic Sites

Educational Links    

Local Mentor, Ohio & other
links of interest

Archived Events

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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
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


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Calendar of Upcoming Events
Last modified: 05/27/2016

Sat. 5/28/2016
Sun. 5/29/2016

Painesville Twp, OH

“Ohio’s Civil War Generals” -  General Ulysses S. Grant & General James A. Garfield -  Portrayed by Don Miller and Ed Haney for the Lake County Historical Society’s Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend at Lake History Center.
Meet the Generals:

Saturday, May 28, 2016 ~ General J.A. Garfield

Sunday, May 29, 2016 ~ General U.S. Grant
* Reenactments ~ Music ~ Demonstrations ~ Sutlers *

Mon. 5/30/2016
Cleveland, OH

Memorial Day Observance - President Abraham Lincoln, Gen. U. S. Grant, & Gen. & Mrs. James A. Garfield - Portrayed by  John King, Donald Miller, Ed Haney, & Debbie Weinkamer at Lake View Cemetery’s * Annual Memorial Day Observance *

Sat. 6/04/2016 to
Sat. 7/30/2016
Mentor, OH

“Breakfast Meet-and-Mingles” - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, U.S. Grant, James A. Garfield, & Lucretia Garfield - Saturdays or Sundays in June & July 2016  - Skye Bistro @ Best Western PLUS Lawnfield Inn & Suites.

Sat. 6/04/2016
Moreland Hills, OH

“A Visit with President & Mrs. Garfield” - Portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the Moreland Hills Historical Society’s James A. Garfield Memorial Cabin *Season Opening* - Birth Site of 20th U.S. President James A. Garfield.   * Meet-and-Greet & Refreshments *

Thurs. 6/09/2016
Perry, OH

“From Log Cabin to the White House” - James A. Garfield ~ Portrayed by Ed Haney ~at the Perry Public Library Meeting Room.

Thurs. 6/09/2016
Solon, OH

“Destiny of the Republic” -  Widow Lucretia R. Garfield  Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Book Club of Solon.

Sat. 7/02/2016
Greenville, PA

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

Tues. 7/12/2016
Hudson, OH

“Meet the Lincolns” - Portrayed by John & Marian King  for Great Day! Tours. Yours Truly Restaurant ~ Hudson.

Sun. 7/17/2016

“Meet President James A. Garfield” - Portrayed by Ed Haney at the Lake County Captains’ President Garfield Bobblehead Give-Away.     * First 1,500 fans through the gates at Classic Park will receive a bobblehead *

Wed. 7/20/2016
Wayne Twp,OH

“A Conversation with Mary Todd Lincoln & Lucretia Garfield”  Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer for the Red Hat Ladies’ Picnic.

Thurs. 7/21/2016
Eastlake, OH

“Meet the Presidents”  - President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and President & Mrs. James A. Garfield - Portrayed by John & Marian King, Ed Haney, & Debbie Weinkamer for the Lake County GOP’s Convention Watch Party. “Meet and Mingle” ~ Photo Opportunities.

Wed. 7/20/2016
Wayne Twp, OH

“A Conversation with Mary Todd Lincoln - & Lucretia Garfield” - Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer for the Red Hat Ladies’ Picnic - Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club Pavilion - Picnic Lunch ~ Program to follow. 

Sun. 7/24/2016
Mentor, OH

Meet President & Mrs. Garfield - Portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the City of Mentor’s Garfield Gallop – 5K* A new 5K honoring Mentor's most famous resident! *

Sat. 8/13/2016
Conneautville, PA

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

Thurs. 8/25/2016
Mentor, OH

 “National Park Service Centennial Birthday Party” - Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield, Lucretia Garfield, & William H. Taft - Portrayed by Donald Miller, Ed Haney, Debbie Weinkamer, & Dale Liikala -* Meet the Presidents ~ Dinner ~ Program: Our Lives in Ohio*

Sat. 9/03/2016
Sun. 9/04/2016

Meadville, PA

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

Sat. 9/17/2016
Sandusky, OH

“Meet George WashingtonPortrayed by Dale Fellows at Constitution Day/Patriot’s Day. *Sponsored by the SAR & DAR*  Revolutionary War Soldier Camp ~ Heritage Fifes & Drums ~ Children’s Activities ~ Constitution & Bill of Rights Display  **FREE**

Sat. 10/8/2016
Middlefield, OH

Memoirs of U.S. Grant” - Portrayed by Don Miller for the Middlefield Historical Society’s Annual Dinner.

Sat. 10/15/2016
Willoughby Hills, OH

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

Tues. 11/15/2016
Richmond Heights, OH

“Ohio Girl in Washington” - First Lady Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the “Faith Friends” of  Faith United Church of Christ.

Mon. 4/24/2017
Austintown, OH

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


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
George Washington
James Garfield



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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