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NLAPW Shares Her Story, Mary Elizabeth Surratt


Documented by the National League of American Pen Women’s (NLAPW) book, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: a commemorative collage, as a movie The Conspirator, the story of Mary Elizabeth Surratt an alleged conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, opens nation-wide mid April.

Washington, DC, April 12, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Contributing author Elizabeth S. Trindal, one of more than 80 National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) members who contributed to the NLAPW’s book project, first documented Mary Surratt’s story in her book Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy. “A story so compelling,” says film director Robert Redford, “that it inspired me to create a movie, The Conspirator which opens nationwide – April 15, 2011 - for it is such stories that make history come alive.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: a commemorative collage -
A multi-faceted project designed to celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the NLAPW challenged their membership to produce artistic, dramatic, literary and musical works that speak to Lincoln’s style of leadership, his contemplative character and his persuasive use of language. “The results, a book,” says Anna DiBella past National President and project editor “is not meant to be an academic collection. Instead, it is inventive, imaginative and adventurous: a challenge issued to NLAPW’s membership to view their family histories as influenced by Lincoln.”

Trindal titled her story, Old Abe Would Have Cried. While Mary Elizabeth Surratt was executed for her alleged conspiracy, Trindal says, “I believe Old Abe would have cried when an apparently innocent woman was hanged.” As a result of contributing to the anthology – Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln, Trindal and her colleagues were recognized by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Medal for a collaborative effort to promote an understanding and appreciation of America’s rich heritage and unique freedoms.

Publication Details
If you have interest in stories described by Redford as "making history come alive," acquire a copy of the League’s book. Published by Pen Women Press located in Washington DC, proceeds of book sales are used to establish a Lincoln Legacy Scholarship award for students that produce literary works of merit which best exemplifies one or more of Lincoln’s contributions to the American ideals of freedom, equality and opportunity.

To order a copy, forward your name, mailing address and payment of $29.50 which includes shipping costs to NLAPW, 1300 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036-1973 or visit web site www.nlapw.org option "Publications" for instructions.

National League of American Pen Women
Founded in 1897, the National League of American Pen Women is a recipient of the Literary Hall of Fame Award in recognition for their contribution to the cultural life of the United States and the George Washington Honor Medal sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for their collaborative effort to promote an understanding and appreciation of America’s rich heritage and unique freedoms.

Consisting of more than 100 branches located throughout the United States, membership, comprised of three comprehensive classifications, Letters, Art, and Music, offers association with other creative professional women through participation in workshops, discussion groups, and lectures related to the creative process. As the spokesperson, national president Jean Holmes is available to give speeches and lectures for professional organizations. For details of her availability, contact the national headquarters by email at nlapw1@verizon.net, by phone at 202-785-1997; or, follow League activities through facebook group National League of American Pen Women or link to "YouTube" NLAPW, http://www.youtube.com/user/NLAPW2010.

National League of American Pen Women, Linking Creative Women Since 1897.

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National League of American Pen Women
Sylvia Hoehns Wright
804-672-6007
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