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Joanne Shelby

last updated on October 10, 2002



Contact Joanne Shelby if you would like for her to attend one of your social functions or call 412-389-3692.  


July 27-28, 2002 Woodville Plantation Neville House Pittsburgh,  Pa. (10am –4pm) with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.


August 3, 2002 H.J. Heinz Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (10am- 4:30pm) with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.


August 10, 2002 Sewickley Library Sewickley Pa. (Pittsburgh Pa.) (10 am–4pm) with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.


August 24-25, 2002 Oliver Miller Homestead South Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.


September 21-22, 2002 Covered Bridge Festival in Prosperity, Pa. (Pittsburgh Pa. Suburb) with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.  


October 4-5, 2002 Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, Pa.


October 29, 2002 Bloomfield Halloween Parade (6pm) with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.


November 9, 2002 Lardin House in Masontown, Pa. (5pm).


November 14-16, 2002 Remembrance Day Parade in Gettysburg, Pa. with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.


November 30, 2002 Seasons Christmas Parade in Downtown, Pittsburgh, Pa. (10am) with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.


December 6, 2002 Westmoreland County Civil War Roundtable Christmas Party (7pm) at Old Stone Church Monroeville, Pa.  


December 7- 8, 2002 Wright House in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Sat. 5-7pm; Sun. 1-7pm). 

December 14-15, 2002 140th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredricksburg at Old Town Fredricksburg. 
February 21, 2003 The Pittsburgh premier of the movie epic of ‘Gods and Generals’.
March 15, 2003 St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. (10am) with Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves.



9th PA Reserves along with Mrs. Lincoln

Resume of Joanne Shelby, Living History portrayer of Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln.


Personal Description: Height 5’4 inches, hair color brown-black, eye color green. Must wear period corrective lenses. Has a round face and naturally rosy cheeks and flawless complexion. Bears a very close resemblance to Mrs. Lincoln photographs.


MARY TODD LINCOLN DESCRIPTION: height 5’2’’ to 5’4” (sources differ) Hair color dark brown with glints of bronze. Eye color-blue eyes with long lashes.


RE-ENACTING/ PORTRAYAL EXPERIENCE: Been involved with Civil War Re-enacting since 1991 as a member of Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Since 1999 I have portrayed Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.   Other portrayals include a Civil War nurse, Sanitary Commission agent, Civil War Widow and Civil War refugee.   I also have done programs for various Civil War Round tables, school and community groups.  Portrayed Mrs. Lincoln at the 135th Anniversary of the play “Our American Cousin” commemorating the Assassination of Lincoln April 14-16, 2000 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.  Also, portrayed Mrs. Lincoln for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the annual Pittsburgh Soldiers Fair since 1999.  I have been featured in several newspaper articles in the Pittsburgh area.  In 1997 received Distinguished Service Medal from Co. A, 9th PA for my portrayal of a Civil War Widow and for contributions to our Charitable fund.  Received the Best Impression award in 1997.


REFERENCE SOURCES: Researching such a famous person is ongoing. My sources include:

  1.  Mary Todd Lincoln by Jean Baker
  2.  Mary Lincoln Wife and Widow by Carl Sandburg
  3.  Mary Todd Lincoln Her life and Letters
  4.  Freedom: a novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by William Safire
  5.  Reville in Washington
  6.  Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley
  7.  The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln
  8.  Women in the Civil War by Mary Elizabeth Massey
  9.  Abraham Lincoln his last 24 hours
  10.  The Day Lincoln Was Shot
  11.  Lincoln an Illustrated Biography
  12.  Presidential Wives
  13.  The Lincolns at Home
  14.  Love Is Eternal a novel by Irving Stone
  15.  Great Captain by Honore Morrow
  16.  Various Internet Web sites



Co. A, 9th Pa. Reserves, Inc. Civil War Re-enactors

Westmoreland County Civil War Round Table

Life Member of Association of Lincoln Presenters


Native of Murrysville Pennsylvania; graduated from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in 1980.  My love of history began there.  I made my first trip to Gettysburg in 1980, and the rest shall we say is history.   Attended Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi. West Virginia (site of the First Land Battle of the Civil War); graduated in 1984 with a Bachelors degree in Nursing and a minor in History and Christian Studies.  I have been a dialysis nurse since 1985.  Visited many Civil War sites both as a re-enactor and as a spectator including: Antietam, Brooksville Florida, Manassas, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Richmond, Cold Harbor, Chancellorsville, Fredricksburg, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Bentonville, Fort Sumter, Fort Pulaski, and Philippi, West Virginia.  My philosophy is simply this, “ Preserving our Heritage by Keeping History Alive for Future Generations.”


For more information or to book a presentation I can be reached as follows:

Joanne Shelby BSN, RN, CNN

Voice Mail: 412-389-3692







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