Library programs on history, Hollywood

GENOA – The Genoa Public Library has planned a week of interesting history events, touching on Hollywood history, pioneers and a famous First Lady.

• On Wednesday, Feb. 20, meet former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Laura F. Keyes is a historical interpreter who beautifully portrays the tragic and compelling life of Mrs. Lincoln. The presentation is set on April 14, 1865, as Mrs. Lincoln prepares for an evening with her husband and friends at the theater.

Keyes’ presentation has been meticulously developed and promises to make the audience feel as if they’re hearing directly from Abraham Lincoln’s wife. After the 45-minute program there will be a Q-and-A session. The presentation is recommended for ages 7 and older. To learn more about the presenter, visit

• Movie and Memorabilia Night takes place Friday, Feb. 22. A friend of the library and avid collector of movie memorabilia will make the evening magical for any classic film lover. Along with a screening of the 1956 film “The King and I,” there will be a display of some remarkable and authentic memorabilia from some of Hollywood’s most legendary names. The display will include a jacket worn by Jimmy Stewart in “The Glenn Miller Story,” Marilyn Monroe’s personal desk set, the original script from “Flashdance,” the knife of Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman, from “Batman & Robin,” Chuck Connor’s suede jacket worn in “Ride Beyond Vengeance” and the original headdress worn by Rita Moreno in the evening’s showcase film, “The King and I.”

• On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Garfield Farm Executive Director Jerry Johnson shares thoughts and on-screen images of the 281-acre historic farm site in LaFox. The farm and inn buildings date back to the 1840s and are listed on the National Historic Register. The audience will learn more about America’s prairie heritage, and gain insights into the life of an 1840s pioneer. This free program promises a fascinating evening for anyone aged 7 and older.

All three events begin at 6:30 p.m., and all are free and open to the public.

The Genoa Public Library shows a free family movie every month, hosts a monthly women’s craft night and offers computer training for novices and intermediate users. For more information, call 815-784-2627 or visit

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