Meet the Todd sisters May 10
Lindsay Home welcomes expert on Mary Todd Lincoln and her sisters
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[May 02, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The lively Todd
sisters made quite a splash when they arrived in Springfield from
their native Kentucky. They energized the frontier city's social
scene and married promising young men, including a future president.
Erika Holst, curator at historic Edwards Place, will tell the full
story of "The Todd Sisters of Aristocracy Hill" on May 10 at the
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site.
She will introduce her audience to Elizabeth, the eldest sister;
Fanny; who wound up spending 63 years in Springfield; Ann, the
youngest; and Mary, who wed a rough-looking country lawyer named
The doors open at 9:30 a.m. for this free "Saturday Mornings at
603" event. Holst speaks at 10 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be served,
and the historic home — which was once owned by Ann Todd Smith and
her husband — will be open for tours.
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Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, operated by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open Tuesday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The home, at 603 S. Fifth St. in Springfield, was built about
1850. Poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born there
in 1879 and died there in 1931.
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[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]