The Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, will be host to a theater performance on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln at 6 p.m., Oct. 5.

"Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies but few people know her story," according to a press release from the library.

No registration is required for the free event but seating is limited to the first 70 in attendance. The program will last 30 to 45 minutes with a 10 to 15-minute question session after the performance. It's recommended for students in the third grade and up as well as adults.

The program is set in April 1865 and will display how Mary Todd Lincoln influenced "monumental events" in her lifetime and why her story is still relevant.

Laura Keyes will be playing the role of Mary Todd Lincoln.  According to the release, Keyes graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master's degree in library studies.  She is working at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg.

Keyes has been active in community theater in both Illinois and Wisconsin since 1999.  Her previous roles include Mary Todd Lincoln, Elizabeth in Frankenstein, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For more information contact the library at 262-242-2593 or by email at

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