The Hardy County Tour & Craft Association is pleased to announce that JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood, WV will bring to life Mary Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. This event will be part of the 65th Annual Heritage Weekend and will be hosted by the Inn at Lost River at 2pm on Saturday September 29th.
The Mary Lincoln portrayal is set on April 14, Good Friday in 1865, as Mary Lincoln prepared to attend Ford’s Theatre. She had no idea that her life and her nation would be forever changed that very night. What had been one of the happiest days in Mary’s life turned into a tragic event that had a far-reaching impact and unforeseen consequences.
During the presentation, you will hear of Mary’s courtship and life with Abraham Lincoln, and love for her family and country. Peterson has carefully researched the writings, letters and biographies of the characters she portrays and whenever possible, uses their original words. The program includes a Q&A with Peterson as the historical figure and then as herself, the researcher.
Of her portrayal of Mary Lincoln, Mick Souter, the Bard of West Virginia Education said, “…her presentation was vivid and artistically compelling. Mrs. Peterson’s portrayal is a truly riveting, historically accurate, and biographically insightful experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.”
HCT&CA looks forward to bringing history alive with this riveting performance this Heritage Weekend.
Directions: 7015 WV-259, Lost City