MTL House at the Arboretum
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

MTL House at the Arboretum

The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY 40503

Visit the Mary Todd Lincoln House table at the "Sizzling Summer" family event at the Arboretum, the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. The event will feature activities for children and their families about plants, animals, weather, and summer. At the MTLH table, kids will make a fan to help them keep cool during the event! The cost for entire family event is $3 per person; $10 for a family of 4/5; Free for members of the Kentucky Children’s Garden. For details about the event, contact jackie.gallimore@uky.edu

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Statehood Day Luncheon at the Kentucky Historical Society
Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

Statehood Day Luncheon at the Kentucky Historical Society

$25 members of the KHS; $30 for others
Registration required by calling the Kentucky Historical Society at call 502-564-1792, ext. 4408

Gwen Thompson, executive director of the Mary Todd Lincoln House will present at the Kentucky Historical Society’s celebration of the 226th anniversary of Kentucky’s statehood. The talk titled “First Lady of Controversy” will be presented during the Food for Thought luncheon on Friday, June 1.

Food for Thought runs from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is $25 for members of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and $30 for others. It includes a three-course catered lunch, the talk and admission to all KHS exhibits and sites. Reservations are required by May 25. To register, call 502-564-1792, ext. 4408. The KHS is located at 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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"Floral First Lady" Bouquet Building Workshop
May
8
5:30 PM17:30

"Floral First Lady" Bouquet Building Workshop

  • Rose & Thistle 734 National Avenue, Suite 120 Lexington, KY 40502 (map)
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$75 non-members; $65 members. Space limited.
Tickets available at https://floralfirstlady.eventbrite.com.

Mary Todd Lincoln’s love of flowers began as a child, when the Todd home had a garden with lilacs and roses, and continued with Mary frequently wearing flowers at important events. Join us for a unique workshop collaboration with Rose & Thistle floral design studio to explore Mary’s lifelong relationship with flowers. Learn how to make a hand-tied bouquet with some of Mary's favorite blooms from luxury floral designer Elizabeth Hemphill, and take home a gorgeous bouquet just in time for Mother’s Day! Tickets include instruction, refreshments, flowers, and all materials. Workshop will take place at Rose & Thistle.

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"Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln" Special Topic Tour
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

"Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln" Special Topic Tour

Tours at 5PM and 7PM
$15 non-members; $13 group (4+ guests); $10 members. 
Space is limited. Reservations recommended.

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Death was a recurring theme in Mary Lincoln’s life. She lost loved ones to disease, war, and an assassin’s bullet, and much has been written about her responses. This special tour views Mrs. Lincoln’s actions in light of 19th-century American attitudes about death and mourning. Program lasts approximately 75 minutes. Reservations recommended by calling 859-233-9999.  

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Girl Scout Event: "First Lady Fashions with Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley"
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Girl Scout Event: "First Lady Fashions with Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley"

Cadette Girl Scouts are invited to an event inspired by the relationship between Mary Lincoln and dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, both born in 1818 in very different circumstances. Scouts will stitch a needle case, examine period fashions from undergarments to accessories, explore connections between gender and fashion, and work with artist Sonja Brooks on a culminating art project. Reservations required by contacting crausch@gswrc.org at Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road.

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Presidents' Day Family Event: Presidential Pastimes
Feb
19
10:00 AM10:00

Presidents' Day Family Event: Presidential Pastimes

Join us to celebrate Presidents’ Day with a special program for children and their families! Inspired by the leisure activities that Mary, Abraham, and their children enjoyed—from marbles to music—this informal event is intended for children ages 5-10, but everyone is welcome!  Doors open at 10 a.m. with the last entrance at 12 noon. Please allow one hour to complete the activities. Free to children through age 18 and members of MTL House. Non-member adult admission is $10. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

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Socials and State Dinners: Entertaining with Mrs. Lincoln
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Socials and State Dinners: Entertaining with Mrs. Lincoln

Join us to explore entertaining from the Lincolns’ White House years with six activities scattered throughout the museum! Learn to dress for a party, listen to music the Lincolns enjoyed, sample flavors from the second inaugural ball, and more at a special program in honor of Mary Todd Lincoln's 199th birthday!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the last entrance at 6:30 p.m. (This means you may enter any time between 5:30PM-6:30PM.) Activities will take about one hour to complete after you enter. Recommended for ages 10 and up. At the door- $15 non-members; $13 group (4+ guests); $10 members. $2 off for advance purchase online below.

* Sorry, advance online purchase has ended. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  

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Lincoln's Kitchen: "The Great White Cake Debate"
Nov
2
5:30 PM17:30

Lincoln's Kitchen: "The Great White Cake Debate"

$25 non-members; $20 members. 
Space is limited to 15. Reservations required.

Join chef Tom Yates in a hands-on culinary program featuring the vanilla almond cake said to be Abraham Lincoln's favorite. Participants will explore the origins of Mary Lincoln's legendary dessert and take part in preparing, comparing, and tasting white cake recipes from the past. The program will be held in the Christ Church Cathedral Great Hall and Kitchen. 

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"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours
Oct
1
to Oct 29

"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours

2:30PM, Sundays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
$10 non-members; $5 members. 

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Enjoy the historic Lexington Cemetery on this guided walking tour. The tour addresses Lexington's divided loyalties during the Civil War. The tour includes both soldiers and civilians, with more of an emphasis on the home front. The walk is approximately 1 mile and lasts about 90 minutes.

Space is limited. Reservations recommended by calling 859-233-9999 by the Friday before the tour. Admission is collected at the Henry Clay monument by museum staff.  Please bring cash or check.

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"Fascinating First Lady" Girl Scout Event
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

"Fascinating First Lady" Girl Scout Event

Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts are invited to visit the Mary Todd Lincoln House for an event about "Mrs. President" Lincoln. Scouts will meet Mrs. Lincoln and enjoy hands-on activities that illustrate her many roles as first lady—from entertainer to volunteer. Reservations required by contacting crausch@gswrc.org at Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road.

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"Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley" Special Topic Tour
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

"Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley" Special Topic Tour

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Tours at 5PM and 7PM

$15 non-members; $13 group (4+ guests); $10 members. 
Space is limited, Reservations recommended.

Born the same year in very different circumstances, Mary Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, an African American seamstress, developed a special relationship during the White House years. This evening tour explores their relationship and compares Mrs. Keckley’s life experiences to those of enslaved members of the Todd household. Program lasts approximately 75 minutes.

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Members' Meet and Mingle
Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Members' Meet and Mingle

Free; Members Only

Socialize with your fellow history and preservation enthusiasts as we conduct the 49th annual business meeting of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation. After the short meeting, members are welcome to linger and mingle at the museum. Light refreshments will be served. Membership information available here.

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Floral First Lady
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

Floral First Lady

$15 non-members; $13 group (4+ guests); $10 members. Space limited.

Join us as we explore Mary’s lifelong relationship with flowers and make a small bouquet like those Mary carried!  Family stories recall that Mary’s love of flowers began as a child, when the Todd home had a garden with lilacs, roses, and other flowers. 

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RASCALS, REBELS & ROMANTICS
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

RASCALS, REBELS & ROMANTICS

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5PM, 6PM, and 7PM
$15 non-members; $13 group (4+ guests); $10 members. 
Space is limited, reservations recommended.

Abraham Lincoln quipped that while God was satisfied with one “d” in his name, the Todd family needed two. This evening tour introduces Mary Todd’s large and lively family—from serious older sisters to boisterous younger brothers.! Join us for an evening of often overlooked Todd family history!  

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