“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 2014

6th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 201

5th Annual Dinner with the
Presidents 2012

Presidential Homes and Historic Sites

Educational Links    

Local Mentor, Ohio & other
links of interest

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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: 03/20/2015

Sat. 3/21/2015
Mentor, OH

“From Log Cabin to the White House”  - James A. Garfield Portrayed by Ed Haney for the Benefit for Shania Simko at Mentor Christian Church. Reserve tickets by calling the church

Tues. 3/24/2015
Eastlake, OH

“A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia” - portrayed by Linda Laronge & Debbie Weinkamer  for the Eastlake Public Library - In honor of Women’s History Month.
* FREE & Open to the Public*

Fri. 3/27/2015
Findlay, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln”- Portrayed by John W. King at Lincoln Elementary School.

Fri. 3/27/2015
Medina, OH

“Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt” -  Portrayed by Linda Laronge  for “Women’s History Month”.

Wed. 4/8/2015
Williamsfield, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John W. King  for the Book Club Wayne Township Hall

Thurs. 4/9/2015
Pittsburgh, PA

“The Courtship & Marriage of James & Lucretia Garfield” Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer as Lucretia for the Upper St. Clair (USC) Coterie Luncheon.

Tues. 5/5/2015
Mentor, OH
“Letters from the Front” Civil War Correspondence of General & Mrs. James A. Garfield Portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the “Lunch & Lecture Series” at Skye Bistro. Guests pay for their own lunch ~ the lecture is FREE
Thurs. 6/3/2015
Norwalk, OH

“A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia” - Portrayed by Linda Laronge & Debbie Weinkamer  for the 51st Annual Rose Luncheon Wednesday, Norwalk First United Methodist Church.

Sat. 6/6/2015
Moreland Hills, OH

“A Visit with the Garfields” -  Portrayed by Ed Haney & Debbie Weinkamer for the Moreland Hills Historical Society’s J.A. Garfield Memorial Cabin Season Opening.

Thurs. 6/18/2015
Kirtland, OH

“The Courtship & Marriage of James & Lucretia” - Lucretia R. Garfield - Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer for the Miscellany Club Luncheon.

Thurs. 7/16/2015
Wadsworth, OH

“Meet the Presidents” - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield, & William H. Taft - Portrayed by Dale Fellows, John King, Don Miller, Ed Haney, & Dale Liikala for the “Heroes” Summer Reading Program Wadsworth Public Library *FREE* ~ Family Event! Reservations Suggested.

Sat. 8/1/2015
Silver Lake, OH

“Meet the Presidents” Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, & Eleanor Roosevelt - Portrayed by John W. King, Donald Miller, & Linda Laronge. *Try your hand at Presidential Trivia*

Tues.  8/11/2015   to Sat. 8/15/2015
Jefferson, OH

“A Visit with Abraham Lincoln” - Portrayed by John W. King for the Ashtabula County Fair (5-6 hours/day; Times TBA). Ashtabula County Fairgrounds.

Sat. 8/29/2015 to Sun. 8/30/2015
Meadville, PA

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

Sat. 9/19/2015 to Sun. 9/20/2015
Ludlow, PA

“Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln”- Portrayed by John & Marian King at the 150th PA Voluntary Infantry’s (“Bucktails”) Civil War Encampment held at Wildcat Park. Join the fun and learn what it was like during the Civil War Era!  Admission is Free!

Fri. 10/23/2015
Cleveland, OH

“A Conversation with Widows Lincoln & Garfield - Lucretia R. Garfield & Mary Todd Lincoln - Portrayed by Marian King & Debbie Weinkamer.  *Members & Guests Only*

Tues. 11/17/2015
Strongsville, OH

“A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia” Portrayed by Linda Laronge & Debbie Weinkamer for the Strongsville Historical Society.


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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