USM Presents 16th Annual Lincoln Event: 'Abe's Descendants'

1/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 | Xavier Theatre | Free Admission  

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary will delve into the Lincoln family at USM’s 16th annual Lincoln Event, “Abe’s Descendants: A Journey through the Lincoln Family Album” featuring a lively program presented by Topeka-based Civil War historians and lecturers Dr. Herschel Stroud and Jacque Stroud at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17—Presidents Day.

The event is free and will be presented in Xavier Theatre on the USM main campus in Leavenworth, 4100 South 4th Street. Seating is limited. Visit for more information.

The USM Lincoln Event is made possible by Country Club Bank of Leavenworth and Lansing, the long-time Lincoln Event benefactor.

“Once again, the University of Saint Mary is very pleased to host its annual Lincoln Event,” said university Provost Dr. Bryan Le Beau. “And in keeping with the event’s long standing tradition of providing informative and interesting presentations, we are excited by what our presenters—Herschel and Jacque Stroud—will offer. 

  Dr. Herschel & Jacque Stroud

“While in the White House, the Lincoln family kept a personal photographic album, which was lost when Mary Todd Lincoln left the White House after the assassination of her husband. The album was found 1985. It became the subject of several meetings of Civil War and Lincoln historians to examine and make public its contents. The Strouds were among those participating in those meetings. Working from their first-hand experience with the photographic album, they will provide what promises to be a fascinating account of its contents and meaning to us nearly a century and a half after it was lost.”

Dr. Stroud, who was Kansas state representative to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, said Lincoln Event attendees will learn much about the beloved President and his family at the event.

“Was Abraham Lincoln really 6'4" tall? Did Mary Todd Lincoln play the piano like Harry Truman?  There are lots of surprises about Abe and Mary and what happened to their children. Expect to hear many surprises about this famous couple.”

About the USM Lincoln Event Series
The University of Saint Mary started the annual Lincoln series in 1999 to recognize the university’s Bernard H. Hall Lincoln Collection, which includes extensive and unique Lincoln memorabilia. USM’s De Paul Library houses the collection, which includes a rare, original copy of the 13th Amendment—the document that abolished slavery—signed by Lincoln.

The university offers guided tours of the Lincoln exhibit. Call 913-758-6306 to schedule a tour.

Over the past 15 years, USM’s primary Lincoln Event has featured a variety of luminaries for the featured speaker. Previous guests have included politicians, historians, U.S. Army generals, best-selling authors, and actors who’ve portrayed first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and President Lincoln himself.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 913-758-6308 or go to for more information on USM’s 16th Annual Lincoln Event, “Abe’s Descendants.”