We’ve got Lincoln Fever! Our entire episode is dedicated to Honest Abe and his wife Mary Todd.
Just in time for Oscars!
Despite coming from humble beginnings, and having less than one year of formal schooling, Abraham Lincoln became one of our nation's greatest presidents. And the feature film, Lincoln, has helped America’s most iconic and admired presidents to gain the attention of pop culture and historians alike.
Our first stop is at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Ky to learn more about Lincoln’s deep connections to the Bluegrass. We even get to hear the actual sound of Lincoln’s pocket watch… the same tick tock that Greg Smith from Spielberg’s sound team traveled to Kentucky to capture and use in the film.
We could sense Mary getting jealous so next we head over to the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Ky. The same museum that Sally Field herself visited when she was getting into character for the film. We learn more about Abe’s first lady and see her childhood home. But that’s not all. Blue Sage Mercantile drops in to show us the art of producing historically accurate clothing… and I jump at the chance to play a part in their costumed fun!
Don’t miss this historical episode of The Local Traveler.