Event — Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Annual Martha Washington Lecture

Where: Rubenstein Leadership Hall, Fred W. Smith National Library

3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7:00 pm

Details: Mount Vernon welcomes Susan Swain and Richard Norton Smith to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Washington Library to discuss their book First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic Women, on March 3, 2016.

This event will be followed by a cocktail reception and book signing.

This new annual event was created to share new scholarship and insights into the life and times of Martha Washington, and is made possible through a generous grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

C-SPAN’s yearlong history series, First Ladies: Influence and Image, featured interviews with more than fifty preeminent historians and biographers. In this informative book, these experts paint intimate portraits of all forty-five first ladies—their lives, ambitions, and unique partnerships with their presidential spouses. Susan Swain and the C-SPAN team elicit the details that made these women who they were: how Martha Washington intentionally set the standards followed by first ladies for the next century; how Edith Wilson was complicit in the cover-up when President Wilson became incapacitated after a stroke; and how Mamie Eisenhower used the new medium of television to reinforce her, and her husband’s, positive public images.

Cost: $50

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