Mary Todd Lincoln comes to Bernardston on Sunday

  • Kathy Kennedy Llamas portrays Mary Todd Lincoln in “Pass My Imperfections Lightly.” Contributed photo

Recorder Staff
Thursday, April 20, 2017

BERNARDSTON — Hoping to increase its visibility in the community, the Bernardston Historical Society is offering a glimpse into the life of President Abraham Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln, as portrayed by Greenfield actress Kathy Kennedy Llamas.

Raymond Johnson, a member of the Bernardston Historical Society’s program committee, explained the society ordinarily just has an annual meeting, but decided last May to start offering programs.

“We’re trying to increase the visibility of the historical society,” he said, adding that the society would like to gain new members. “It’s to bring attention to the fact that we’re a viable organization in Bernardston.”

To start, the society offered “Discovering New England Stone Walls,” a presentation by Kevin Gardner, last September, which, Johnson said, was very well attended.

“We’re starting with just two (programs a year).” he said. “It’s all new ground for us.”

Johnson said Bernardston Historical Society President Louella Atherton proposed bringing Kathy Kennedy Llamas to Bernardston to perform her one-woman, approximately 90-minute show “Pass My Imperfections Lightly” by Vaughn McBride. At the time, Kennedy Llamas had just performed at the St. James Episcopal Church in Greenfield.

“She heard a lot of good things from people who saw it,” Johnson said.

Kennedy Llamas will perform on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bernardston Senior Center within the Powers Institute, located at 20 Church St. Portraying the 16th first lady, Kennedy Llamas “offers her reflections of Mrs. Lincoln’s early life, courtship with Abraham, the politics during the White House years, the deaths of her children and the assassination of the love of her life,” according to a Bernardston Historical Society press release.

As it is being funded by the Bernardston Historical Society and Bernardston Historical Commission, the program is free to attend, and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served, keeping with the historical theme.

“The ladies on the program committee are going to bake cupcakes from Mary Todd Lincoln’s cake recipe,” Johnson said.

For further information, contact Johnson by phone at 413-648-9663 or by email at rajohnson736@gmail.com.

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