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Batavia's Depot Museum celebrates Mary Todd Lincoln's 200th birthday

Celebration is Dec. 13 at the Batavia Civic Cente

Batavia native Donna Daniels will portray Mary Todd Lincoln at the Batavia Depot Museum's 200th birthday party for the former First Lady, who lived at Bellvue Place in 1875.
Batavia native Donna Daniels will portray Mary Todd Lincoln at the Batavia Depot Museum's 200th birthday party for the former First Lady, who lived at Bellvue Place in 1875.

BATAVIA, ILThe Batavia Depot Museum is celebrating the 200th birthday of Mary Todd Lincoln, who lived in Batavia years after her husband, President Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated. She was committed to Bellvue Place from May to September of 1875, according to a press release from the Batavia Park District.

Mrs. Lincoln was born on Dec. 13, 1818, and the museum is hosting a birthday party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Batavia Civic Center, 327 W. Wilson St.

Batavia native Donna Daniels, who has been bringing Mrs. Lincoln to life since 1988, will portray her for the evening. Guests can make hats similar to the style that the Lincolns wore, hear stories from Daniels about Mrs. Lincoln’s life and enjoy birthday cake. This is an all ages event and the fee is $7. Register through the Batavia Park District at 630-879-5235 or visit bataviaparks.org.

For more information about Mary Todd Lincoln, visit the Depot Museum’s permanent exhibit on her life in Batavia or check out bataviahistoricalsociety.org.

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