The Importance of Marriage in a Monarchy

  • Martina Mathisen as Catherine of Aragon at Barrington Area Library.Courtesy of Signal Hill, NSDAR

    Martina Mathisen as Catherine of Aragon at Barrington Area Library.Courtesy of Signal Hill, NSDAR

Updated 1/31/2019 7:18 AM

The Signal Hill, NSDAR, Barrington area chapter, in concert with Adult Programs, Barrington Area Library, hosted a highly successful event on Sunday, January 27, 2019, featuring Martina Mathisen, a well-known local historical re-enactor. The topic was Henry VIII and His Six Wives, a subject that has been well documented and examined throughout history.

The Signal Hill Chapter members, along with the general public, enjoyed this free program on a cold Sunday afternoon. The program was a result of joint funding by the library and a philanthropic donation to the Barrington Area Library by the chapter, to assist in educational programs, a cause which satisfies both organizations' goal of providing education to the community.


With audio, visual, and elegant costuming, Ms. Mathisen enthralled the audience of nearly 100 with the personal stories of each of the Tudor king's marriages, the outcomes, and the importance of male heirs to a monarchy. Ms. Mathisen brought a sense of each wife's vulnerability and destiny to light in her one-hour performance. For more information about programs by Ms. Mathisen, contact

Signal Hill, NSDAR, is a philanthropic organization that raises funds throughout the year and distributes to 501 (c) (3) organizations, supporting the national organization's mission of education, historic preservation, patriotism, conservation, and Native American issues. The chapter was founded in 1972, and is dedicated to preserving history, promoting patriotism, conservation and historic awareness in our community, and securing America's future through better education for children. Membership is established through approval of documentation of direct lineage from an American Revolutionary War Patriot.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Marcus at, or visit the chapter's website at


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