In May, the G.A.R. Hall was privileged to have President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Mel Maurer) take us back in time to February 1865. His wife Mary Lincoln, in her efforts to raise money for soldiers and their families, committed him to a talk at a fundraiser before an audience in Washington, DC at Ford’s Theater.
The President spoke about his life, beliefs, policies, and the war as it nears its end. His words provided insights into that era and were seasoned with his characteristic sense of humor.
Mel Maurer is a retired executive of the Dana Corporation and a student of history. He is a past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable (now its Historian) as well as the Philosophical Club of Cleveland, and a member of the Titanic Historic Society. An Abraham Lincoln scholar, Mr. Maurer is a life-time member of the Lincoln Forum, attending its Symposium in Gettysburg every November.
Mr. Maurer and his wife, Elaine live in Westlake, Ohio. They have four children (his son, Rick, is also a member of the Roundtable) and eight grandchildren. His interests include writing, acting and speaking on community affairs, charitable causes, history and political issues.