A one-woman show at the Rock Island Public Library will portray the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. Actress Laura Keyes will share the first lady’s historical story during Women’s History Month in “Mrs. Lincoln Goes to Washington.” The show, set against the Lincolns’ first trip to Washington City in 1847, will be performed from 2-3 p.m. March 18 in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th St. Keyes is the library director at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg. Her past stage roles include Mary Todd Lincoln in “Mrs. Lincoln,” Elizabeth in “Frankenstein,” Laura in “The Glass Menagerie,” Claire in “Fuddy Meers,” Cecily in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The library also will offer “Lincoln and Liberty, Too,” a performance of Civil War songs and stories by Bob Welch of Dubuque, Iowa, at 2 p.m. April 2 at the main library. Combining storytelling and history with music on guitar and banjo, Welch’s Civil War songs bring history to musical life.

Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Rock Island Public Library.


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