Hildene to Host Author CJ King for Talk & Book Signing
On Saturday, December 19, from 12 to 2 p.m., author CJ King will sign copies of the second edition of her book, ‘Four Marys and a Jessie: the Story of the Lincoln Women,’ in The Museum Store at Hildene.
King was first inspired to delve into her family’s connection to the Lincolns in the late 1980s, when her great aunt revealed that President Lincoln’s daughter-in-law, Mary Harlan Lincoln, wife of Robert Lincoln, was a distant cousin.
When asked why she felt the need to revise the first edition of the book published in 2005, the author said, “We write history based on what is known when we write it, but historians are always looking for new evidence. After my first edition was published, two collections of information that gave new insight into the lives of the Lincoln women came to light, and I wanted those to be included in my story.”
One of the recent discovery are letters written by Mary Harlan Lincoln, a member of the Church of Christ, Scientist, to her Church practioner, in which she details her health issues and talks openly about her family. The new edition also includes information on a manuscript written about Mary Todd Lincoln’s period of insanity. Above all else, ‘Four Marys and a Jessie’ is the tale of five women with an extraordinary family heritage. As the wife, daughter-in-law, granddaughters, and great granddaughter of President Abraham Lincoln, their lives were constantly overshadowed by his. Their lives span more than a century and a half. The reader sees change unfolding page after page, from a time when people argued against education for girls to the ever-expanding role of women in modern society.
Admission is not required for the book signing. For those who would like to extend their visit, admission is $18 for adults and $5 for children six to 14. See the house that three generations of Lincoln women called home, decorated as it would have been on the family’s Christmas 1912. For details, visit hildene.org.