June 4
7:00 pm

Chapel Café Virtual Book Club

Don’t let social distancing get in the way of good books, good friends, and good a time. The Chapel Café Book Club will be meeting virtually on Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m.

We are excited to announce our book choice, Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography: By (author) Jean Harvey Baker. A definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum.

Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole. We will discuss Mary Todd Lincoln. Oak Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of many Civil War women whose stories are rarely told.

Judi Cochran, our Foundation Board Member, will lead the virtual discussion. Read the book and be prepared for an exciting virtual interactive discussion! To sign-up for this digital book club email, loisbrown@oakhillcemeterydc.org. The book is available locally at Politics and Prose bookstore in all formats.