Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It Comes to Claremont Opera House

CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE - The Claremont Opera House, with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, will present Abraham and Mary Lincoln: the Long and the Short of It, a living history program by Steve and Sharon Wood of Claremont, on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7pm.

Set in 1861, their story tells of the distinctly different paths that led each of the Lincolns to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began a family. The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises. After the program, the Woods will step out of character and answer audience questions.

Sharon & Steve have lived in Claremont since 1973, when they moved from Maine after Steve's graduation from UMaine-Orono with a degree in forestry. He worked as a draftsman and forester for Davis Forest Industries for one year before being hired by the University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension as an assistant to County Forester, Joseph Szymujko.

Steve's forestry career with UNHCE lasted almost 30 years, during which time he held several different positions, including Urban and Community Forester, Assistant County Forester in Cheshire and Sullivan Counties and after Szymujko's retirement, Sullivan County Forester for 15 years.

Sharon graduated from Southern Connecticut State College with a degree in early childhood education and taught kindergarten for five years before retiring to raise her own children. In Claremont, she worked both at the Fiske Free Library and as St Mary School's librarian for about 25 years. She has also been an active volunteer for St. Joseph Church, the Off Broad Street Players, Claremont Historical Society, and across the river with the Springfield Community Players.

The couple began storytelling and historical presentations in the mid 90s, at first as a hobby, but then as a serious independent business. They have been researching and portraying the Lincolns since 1995. Steve took 2nd place in the Lincoln Look-Alike Contest held in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 2000.

As members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters (ALP) they were awarded the organization's Glen Schnizlein Memorial Award for the Best Abraham & Mary Lincoln Team for both 2003 and 2006. Sharon is currently serving as chair of the ALP's Mary Todd Lincoln committee.

The program is free and open to the public, although donations are always welcomed. In order that they may get an idea of the size of the audience, please let the Opera House box office know of your intention to attend. Please call 603-542-4433.