One-act performance set to share Lincoln history

MECOSTA — On most days, children and adults hoping to learn a little about historic people would need to turn to the internet or flip open a book. On Tuesday, June 19, families can find out a bit about Mary Todd Lincoln during a live performance.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Marie Papciak will portray Lincoln by dressing the part and borrowing Lincoln’s accent and stature during the Women Who Changed America program at the Morton Township Library, 110 S. James St., Mecosta.

“I think this program will be rewarding to see,” said Library Director Mary Ann Lenon, noting the evening will be similar to seeing a historic show on Broadway but in a much smaller setting.

Papciak spent much of her time before retirement looking through autobiographies of women throughout history. After retiring, Papciak spent a year researching, gathering props and artifacts and sewing costumes. She then began performing one-act skits. In total, she now has seven women from history that she portrays in venues across the state, including Mary Todd Lincoln, women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, Barbie doll creator Ruth Handler, correction fluid (white-out) inventor Bette Nesmith and Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

“Marie loves to bring history to life,” Lenon said.

The free evening event is part of the library’s summer reading program, and is made possible through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, administered by LowellArts, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Morton Township Library, Wheatland Music Organization and Morton Township.

Refreshments will be provided after the program.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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