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Our 10th Anniversary celebration wouldn’t be complete without Richard Norton Smith, first director of the Dole Institute and notable presidential historian.He’s back this spring to examine the private lives and the public roles of the First Ladies and how this position has changed since Martha Washington.
The 2014 Presidential Lecture Series was sponsored in part by the William T. Kemper II Charitable Trust and Commerce Trust Company and Bob Loyd, Co-Trustees.
Prisoners of State
Sunday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m. Dole Institute
Smith examines the early First Ladies. Many of these distinguished women experienced personal tragedy and paid a heavy price for their husband’s ambition.
Mary & Her Sisters
Monday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Dole Institute
The Gilded Age of First Ladies was a fascinating group of women. Mary Todd Lincoln was a polarizing figure in the press, Lucy Hayes became the first First Lady to graduate college, and Frances Cleveland married into the White House. Smith takes a look at their contributions to the nation.
The Wilsons & the Roosevelts
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Dole Institute
Eleanor Roosevelt is credited as inventing the modern position of First Lady as we know it, but Edith Wilson certainly paved the way on her own. Why are these two women considered so instrumental in the shaping of this position?
Trailblazers & Traditionalists
Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Dole Institute
The First Ladies of the recent past, Jackie, Lady Bird, Betty and Nancy really gave the First Lady title influence and prestige. These women were role models and style icons for the women of America and sought causes to champion in their own right.