Tea with Mrs. Lincoln at the ISM

The Indiana State Museum is an educational and fun Indianapolis attraction. Currently, they have two never before seen together exhibits on Abraham Lincoln: With Charity For All and With Malice Toward None. These exciting Indianapolis history exhibits offer a glimpse into the life, times and mind of the man responsible for the preservation of the United States of America. Price of admission to the exhibits is included in regular admission to this Indianapolis museum. In an effort to make your visit special, however, the Indiana State Museum is offering a few special Indianapolis events in connection with the Lincoln exhibits. Sunday, April 11, 2010, the Indiana State Museum hosts Tea with Mrs. Lincoln from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, a chance to sit down with the lady behind the man.

Mary Tood Lincoln was the wife to the sixteenth President of the United States. She served as First Lady from 1861 to 1865. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Mary Todd was the daughter of a banker, raised in comfort and refinement. After the death of her mother and eventual remarrying of her father, Mary Todd attended a boarding school, where she studied French, dance, drama, music and social graces. By the age of 20, she had sparkling wit and was the toast of gentry in Springfield, Illinois. Though she was courted by many, including the rising lawyer and politician Stephen A. Douglas, it was her courtship by Abraham Lincoln that won her hand in marriage. They married in1842, when he was 33 and she was 23.

After Lincoln’s rise to the White House, and the disintegration of the Union, Mary’s family (like many others) were caught fighting against each other. As a former resident of Kentucky, Mary’s family served in both the Confederate and Union and armies. The strife her husband faced in office, coupled with the deaths of two of her four children, left Mary Todd in a limbo of depression and mourning. Her frequent headaches eventually lead to irrational, sometimes public, outbursts that portrayed the First Lady as feeble minded.

However, Mary Todd was also an avid supporter of wounded soldiers, bringing flowers and fruits to hospitals, and at times helping them with their correspondence. As the Civil War came to a close, Mary Todd Lincoln found her spirits renewed with her husband’s success. But she found herself seated next to him on that fateful April 14 evening, when Lincoln was assassinated. She returned to Illinois as a widow.

After you peruse the Indiana State Museum’s two Lincoln exhibits, enjoy Tea with Mrs. Lincoln in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, a perfect way to get Indianapolis kids to engage with history. Take a trip back in time with Mary Todd Lincoln, as portrayed by historical interpreter Donna McCreary. Enjoy a delicious high tea and live music as Mrs. Lincoln leads an engaging talk on life in the White House during the Civil War. This Indianapolis event is completed with a book signing by McCreary.

Tickets to Tea with Mrs. Lincoln are $17.00 for members of the Indiana State Museum and $19.00 for non members. Head to Indianapolis downtown for an engaging and educational day at the Indiana State Museum. With prime Indianapolis real estate along the Indianapolis Canal Walk and near the White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum is in an alley way of Indianapolis attractions. A short walk along the canal reveal sights of the Eiteljorg Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Indiana History Center. Even the Indianapolis Zoo is just down the road.

After Tea with Mrs. Lincoln treat yourself to a meal at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Tea with Mrs. Lincoln
Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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