Mary Todd Lincoln Bicentennial SYMPOSIUm


In celebration of Mary Lincoln’s 200th birthday, the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Kentucky will host a day-long symposium on Friday, November 2, 2018. The symposium in collaboration with the University of Kentucky History Department will be held at the William T. Young Library from 9a.m.- 4:30p.m. Scholars Catherine Clinton, Angela Esco Elder, and Jennifer Fleischner will present throughout the day, concluding with a moderated panel.

“We are so pleased to support the Mary Todd Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium,” says Dr. Amy Taylor, Interim Chair of the University of Kentucky History Department. “This event will bring a distinguished panel of scholars to Lexington with new perspectives on the former first lady—a woman who possessed a unique vantage point on a period of American history that remains vigorously debated today.”


Dr. Catherine Clinton has written and edited over twenty-five books, including her 2009 biography Mrs. Lincoln: A Life. Currently the Denman Chair in American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she served on the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and remains on advisory boards for Civil War History, Civil War Times, and Ford’s Theatre. She also served as a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln.


Dr. Jennifer Fleischner is the author of Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave. Professor and Chair of the English Department at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, she has served on the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, as a C-SPAN panelist, a commentator for the History Channel, and commentator for the PBS documentary film "Lincoln."


Dr. Angela Esco Elder is an Assistant Professor of History at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her dissertation exploring Confederate widowhood won the Southern Historical Association’s Dissertation Prize in Southern History in 2017. Her essay “‘We Weep Over Our Dead Together: Mary Todd Lincoln and Emilie Todd Helm” appears in Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times

“It’s such a rare treat to have leading Mary Lincoln scholars in the same room,” says Jonathan Coleman, Curator and Assistant Director of the Mary Todd Lincoln House. “I can’t wait to hear the rich, thoughtful discussion the symposium will produce.”

The symposium is free and open to the public. It will run from 9 a.m.–4:30p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the William T. Young Library at University of Kentucky. The library is located at 401 Hilltop Avenue. For further information about the symposium call Jonathan Coleman at 859-233-9999.