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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donna D. McCreary  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1958 in Frankfort, Germany


Illinois Connection

Donna writes books about Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln - both Illinois subjects of interest.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donna McCreary’s lifelong interest in history and the Lincoln family led her to begin portraying Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the 16th President, in 1992. Since then, she has extensively researched original documents for information to take her audiences into America’s turbulent past. She has performed for various schools, organizations, and museums throughout the Midwest, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois and the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Kentucky. As a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, she is a recipient of the ''Outstanding Mary Todd Lincoln Award'' in 1997 and 2000; the Glenn Schnizlein Memorial Award in 2005; and the Lincoln Legend Award in 2007.Several of her articles about the Lincoln family have been published. Her book ''Fashionable First Lady'' offers insight to the personality of Mary Lincoln through study of her exquisite wardrobe, and her book ''Lincoln's Table'' is a collection of recipes for food that Lincoln enjoyed from his boyhood through his presidency.In recognition for her work as an educator, author, and Mary Lincoln presenter, McCreary has been included in several editions of Who’s Who in America and has also received numerous civic and professional awards. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in secondary education from Indiana University SE, and is a member of the Society of Midland Authors. McCreary resides near Charlestown, a southern Indiana community.

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