Family Tour
Jul
12
1:30 PM13:30

Family Tour

Discover the Mary Todd Lincoln House through games, stories, and other hands-on activities in this fun tour program designed for families with children ages 5-10 years old. Children will solve riddles, play a parlor game, try their hand at marbles, and more! At the end of the tour, families can pose at a selfie station and make souvenir fans to take home. Approximately 60 minutes.

Admission $6 for children (6-17 years) $15 for adults, and free for children under 5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tours are limited to 15 guests for an optimal experience. Advance ticket purchase is recommended but not required. Purchase tickets here.

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Family Tour
Jul
19
1:30 PM13:30

Family Tour

Discover the Mary Todd Lincoln House through games, stories, and other hands-on activities in this fun tour program designed for families with children ages 5-10 years old. Children will solve riddles, play a parlor game, try their hand at marbles, and more! At the end of the tour, families can pose at a selfie station and make souvenir fans to take home. Approximately 60 minutes.

Admission $6 for children (6-17 years) $15 for adults, and free for children under 5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tours are limited to 15 guests for an optimal experience. Advance ticket purchase is recommended but not required. Purchase tickets here.

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Family Tour
Jul
26
1:30 PM13:30

Family Tour

Discover the Mary Todd Lincoln House through games, stories, and other hands-on activities in this fun tour program designed for families with children ages 5-10 years old. Children will solve riddles, play a parlor game, try their hand at marbles, and more! At the end of the tour, families can pose at a selfie station and make souvenir fans to take home. Approximately 60 minutes.

Admission $6 for children (6-17 years) $15 for adults, and free for children under 5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tours are limited to 15 guests for an optimal experience. Advance ticket purchase is recommended but not required. Purchase tickets here.

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"First Lady Fashions" Girl Scout Event
Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

"First Lady Fashions" Girl Scout Event

Junior Girl Scouts are invited to a fashion-centric event inspired by Mary Lincoln and African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley. Scouts will make a living timeline about the two women, stitch a needle case, see 19th-century fashions, and create an 1860s dress design board. Reservations required by contacting slewis@gswrc.org at Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road.

Free parking is available via Tucker Street in the lot of our neighbors at Main Street Baptist Church. Metered parking (free after 5PM) is also available on Main Street..

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"First Lady of Controversy" Talk at Western Kentucky University
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

"First Lady of Controversy" Talk at Western Kentucky University

  • Western Room (1st floor) Kentucky Building, Western Kentucky University, (map)
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Mary Todd Lincoln House Executive Director Gwen Thompson will present a talk tilted  “First Lady of Controversy” on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Sophisticated and educated, Mrs. Lincoln seemed poised for success as first lady. Yet, few women in American history have endured as much tragedy and controversy. Join us to learn more about this fascinating Kentucky woman.

This program is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Jonathan Jeffrey, WKU Department Head for the Department of Library Special Collections and the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Coordinator, at 270-745-5265 or jonathan.jeffrey@wku.edu.

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Presidents' Day Family Event
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Presidents' Day Family Event

Celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18 with our annual lively event for children and their families. Doors open at 10 a.m. with the last entrance at 12 noon. Please allow one hour to complete the activities. This year’s games and activities will focus on Mrs. Lincoln and the role of the First Lady.

The annual event is designed for children ages 5-10 but is free to all children through age 18. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Adult admission is $10. Downtown metered parking is free on Presidents’ Day.

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Mary's Bicentennial Birthday Bash
Dec
13
5:00 PM17:00

Mary's Bicentennial Birthday Bash

Join us for a lively open house to celebrate Mary’s 200th birthday with six activities scattered throughout the museum! Experience our distinctly Mary Lincoln twist on a birthday party- from music to games.  

Listen to music performed by the woodwind quintet of the Kentucky National Guard, test your puzzle-solving skills to unlock boxes of party-favor prizes, sample Mary’s famous almond cake, and take your picture at our selfie station. Also compete in trivia, scavenger, and memory challenges to win “Mary Money” to spend in our museum store.

Doors open at 5:00 PM and you may arrive at any time until 6:30 PM. Activities will take about one hour to complete after you enter. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $15 adults/$13 for groups of 4+/$10 for members/ $10 for youth (under 18). Tickets may be purchased at the door or online below.

Free parking is located directly behind the museum. Overflow parking at the Main Street Baptist Church. Downtown metered parking is free after 5pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online below. Your receipt will serve as your ticket.
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Bicentennial Symposium
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Symposium

In celebration of Mary Lincoln’s 200th birthday, MTL House is hosting 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. The event is free and open to the public. Come for all or part of the day. For details or to reserve a seat, click here.

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"First Lady of Controversy" at the Frazier History Museum
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

"First Lady of Controversy" at the Frazier History Museum

Sophisticated and well educated, Mary Todd Lincoln seemed poised for success as first lady. Yet, few women in American history are as controversial. Join our curator, Dr. Jonathan Coleman, as he explores some of the most hotly contested points of Mary Lincoln’s life and legacy and how we can use controversy to better understand history’s many complexities.

Free for members of the Mary Todd Lincoln House and the Frazier History Museum. Public admission is $12 per adult. Includes admission to the Frazier History Museum.

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"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours
Oct
7
to Oct 28

"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours

2:30PM, Sundays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28
$10 non-members; $5 members

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. Advance tickets recommended by purchasing online below or by calling 859-233-9999 by the Friday before the tour. Remaining spaces are sold by the museum staff shortly before the tour begins. Please bring cash or check. Meet at the Henry Clay monument.

Note: Advance ticketing for the Oct. 28th tour has ended. 5 spaces still remain available. Remaining spaces will be sold first come, first serve by museum staff shortly before the tour begins. Meet at the Henry Clay monument.

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"First Lady Fashions" Girl Scout Event
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

"First Lady Fashions" Girl Scout Event

Junior Girl Scouts are invited to a fashion-centric event inspired by the 200th anniversaries of the births of Mary Lincoln and African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley. Scouts will make living timelines, stitch a needle case, see 19th-century fashions, and create a dress design board. Reservations required by contacting kjustice@gswrc.org at Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road.

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Members' Meet and Mingle
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

Members' Meet and Mingle

Socialize with your fellow history enthusiasts as we conduct the 50th annual business meeting of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation. After the short meeting, members are invited to linger and mingle at the museum. Light refreshments will be served.

Members Only. Free, but please RSVP by calling the museum at 859-233-9999 or emailing director@mtlhouse.org

Not a member? Join us by clicking here!

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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.

Sorry, this program has SOLD OUT.  Join our email list to receive a notice when it is next offered!

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. 

Sorry, these walking tours have SOLD OUT. Join our email list to receive a notice when they are next offered!

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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