Our Mission
The mission of FLARE is to create and sustain a network to promote and publicize research and education relevant to the contributions, lives, impacts, and lasting legacies of U.S. First Ladies.
Our Vision
FLARE will be the primary association to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and outreach among scholars, institutions, First Ladies’ staff, biographers, archivists, journalists, and public historians interested in research and education about the lasting legacy of U.S. First Ladies.
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Catherine Allgor

May/June Featured Member

As the president of the Massachusetts Historical Society Catherine Allgor is a noted historian, non-profit leader, and public history innovator. Previously, she had been the Nadine and Robert Skotheim Director of Education at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, and a former Professor of History and UC Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside. Allgor attended Mount Holyoke College as a Frances Perkins Scholar and received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award. Her dissertation received a prize as the best dissertation in American History at Yale and The Lerner-Scott Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. Women's History. She began her teaching career at Simmons College and has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University.

Catherine Allgor
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation hosted Nancy Reagan Day

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation hosted Nancy Reagan Day

On Tuesday afternoon, May 17th 2022, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation hosted Nancy Reagan Day: The Legacy, The Lens and The Lady, in Washington, DC, a program commemorating the Nancy Reagan Centennial that included three distinct panels featuring journalists and scholars, the photographers who documented her, and former White House staff members

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 June 2022 

None at this time.

First Ladies Birthdays view all events

June 2, 2022

Martha Custis Dandridge Washington

June 2, 1731

June 2, 2022

Helen “Nellie” Herron Taft

June 2, 1861

June 3, 2022

Dr. Jill Jacobs Biden

June 3, 1951

June 8, 2022

Ida Saxton McKinley

June 8, 1847

June 8, 2022

Barbara Pierce Bush

June 8, 1925

June 30, 2022

Elizabeth Kortright Monroe

June 30, 1768

FLARE Focus view all articles

Coming Soon. . .

FLARE is pleased to announce that a new monthly column is coming to this space on the website.  Entitled FLARE Focus, the column is designed to give FLARE members an opportunity to publish peer-reviewed, short essays that reflect the mission of our organization.  The editorial team consists of Editor Elizabeth Natalle (Emeritus, UNC Greensboro) and Editorial Reviewers Nichola Gutgold (Penn State Univ.) and Elizabeth Thacker Estrada (San Francisco Public Library).  We are now open to receive submissions.

Kristin Ahlberg

Mary R. Anderson

Thomas J. Balcerski

Maurine Beasley

Allida Black

Pamela G. Bourland-Davis

Mary C. Brennan

Paulette Brinka

Mary Balfour Calvert

Stacy Cordery

Erika N. Cornelius Smith

Susan Donius

Sharon Fawcett

Lewis L. Gould

Nichola Gutgold

Laura Gutin

Linda B. Hobgood

Edwina and Tom Johnson (Atlanta)

Kay Sebring-Roberts Kuhlmann

Christopher J. Leahy

Heath Hardage Lee

Anne F. Mattina

Lisa Hill McCubbin

Nick Natalle

Valerie Palmer-Mehta

Barbara Perry

G. Joseph Pierron

Lindsay B. Reynolds

Rebecca Boggs Roberts

Mary Stockwell

Larry and Louann Temple

Elizabeth Lorelei Thacker-Estrada

Courtney C. Travers

Tammy R. Vigil

Sharon Williams Leahy

Jeanne Ryan Wolfson


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