Insights into Mary Todd Lincoln’s pain and triumphs

TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library will present “Pass My Imperfections Lightly By-Mary Todd Lincoln’s Journey” in eight branches.

Actor Linda Turash will allow the audience to share an intimate 1876 evening with Mary Lincoln as she reflects on the triumphs and tribulations of Lincoln’s life and demonstrate her resilience in the face of her grief.

Turash, as Mary, will share memories ranging from her courtship with Mr. Lincoln and her support of his political ups and downs, to her bereavement of their sons’ deaths and her husband’s violent assassination.

Mary will also recount the praise and criticism of her First Lady’s role in the White House.

Those reflections will continue with scandals of her life after the assassination, including her involuntary commitment to an asylum and her subsequent release.

The program will provide insight into yet another side of the Lincolns’ extraordinary role in American history.

The programs will be held at the following branches:

Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., Sat. May 11 at 2 p.m.

Berkeley, 30 Station Rd, Bayville, Tue. June 4 at 7 p.m.

Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., Wed. June 5 at 7 p.m.

Island Heights, 121 Central Av., Mon. June 10 at 7 p.m.

Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, Wed. June 12 at 7 p.m.

Beachwood,126 Beachwood Blvd., Mon. June 24 at 7 p.m.

Tuckerton, 380 Bay Av., Mon. July 1 at 7 p.m.

Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Wed. July 17 at 7 p.m.

These programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Contact the branch or register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

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