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4/18/2013 1:13:00 PM
Mary Todd Lincoln Featured on First Ladies Series April 22

SPRINGFIELD — In the next installment of the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence & Image,” a 90-minute program featuring Springfield’s own Mary Todd Lincoln will air on the C-SPAN network on Monday, April 22nd, at 8 p.m. CST. A film crew from C-SPAN visited Springfield last week to shoot some final segments at both the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

C-SPAN has teamed with the White House Historical Association for this new, two-season original series which examines the private lives of the nation’s first ladies and their years in the White House. Over the two seasons, the series will tell the stories of the women who served in the role of first lady over 44 administrations.

The programs, which began airing in late February beginning with Martha Washington, will air live for the first season every Monday evening (9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST) through June 10. The second season will begin September 9 with Edith Roosevelt, and conclude on February 20, 2014 with Michelle Obama.

Four nationally known historians are serving as advisors for the project, including Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian at George Mason University and the former head of five presidential libraries – including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield. Other program advisors are Edith Mayo, curator emeritus in political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, historian, author and University Professor Emerita at Morgan State University; and William Seale, historian and editor of White House History, the award-winning journal of the White House Historical Association.

In addition to C-SPAN, the series will also air on C-SPAN 3 (home for American History TV on weekends), C-SPAN radio, and via livestreaming on C-SPAN and the White House Historical Association have also collaborated on a video-rich website to accompany the series – - an interactive site featuring historic letters, recordings, photographs and biographies, as well as classroom resources.

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