Thursday Evening Lecture "Mary Lincoln and the Spiritualists"

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The St. Charles Heritage Center, in conjunction with the St. Charles Public Library, will be presenting the third installment of the Thursday Evening Lecture Series on Thursday September 8. 

The program will be held in the Carnegie Room at the St. Charles Public Library and will begin at 7:00 pm.  In connection with the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War the topic for this presentation will be “Mary Lincoln and the Spiritualists” presented by Valerie Gugala.  After the death of her son Willie, Mary Lincoln held séances in the White House to try to contact him and other deceased relatives. Why did Mary (any many other bereaved families) believe in the spiritualist movement? What happened at these séances? Did Abraham Lincoln ever attend one? Later while Mary was living in Batavia at Bellevue Place she visited St. Charles resident and Spiritualist, Caroline Howard.


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