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April/May FLARE Member of the Month ... Rebecca Boggs Roberts

Rebecca Boggs Roberts Rebecca Boggs Roberts is an award-winning writer and educator. Previous jobs include journalist, tour guide, forensic anthropologist, political consultant, jazz singer, & radio talk show host. She is the author of a new biography of Edith Wilson, Untold Power: The Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson. Now Deputy Director of events at the Library of Congress, she lives in DC with her husband, three sons, and a long-eared hound.
April/May FLARE Member of the Month ... Rebecca Boggs Roberts
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FLARE May 31 Program ... Three First Ladies and White House Restoration

FLARE May 31 Program ... Three First Ladies and White House Restoration

In honor of National Historic Preservation month and presented in conjunction with FLARE's newest Lifetime Institutional Member, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, FLARE is presenting a program on Three First Ladies and their Efforts on White House Restoration: Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon. The program will be on May 31st at 7:00 pm est. The program will include:

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits Bethel, reinforcing importance of closing digital divide
Mrs. Laura Bush's 2023 Summer Reading List for Kids
Exhibit showcasing the life and legacy of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis opens at the National First Ladies Library
President Taft’s Black Great-Granddaughter, Patricia Taft, Is Pushing To Make National First Ladies Day A Holiday
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FLARE Focus on When The First Lady is an Educator, A Lesson Comes Dressed in Inaugural Clothing

Nichola D. Gutgold

One of the most popular exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is the First Ladies Exhibit. With over 1,000 items in the collection, the Smithsonian documents the lives and legacies of the women who have served in this invaluable role.[i] It was an honor to attend the ceremony of the presentation of the inaugural clothing of First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, which she wore in January 2021 to President Biden’s swearing-in and other celebratory events to mark the occasion..

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 June 2023 

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First Ladies Birthdays view all events

June 2, 2023

Martha Custis Dandridge Washington

June 2, 1731

June 2, 2023

Helen “Nellie” Herron Taft

June 2, 1861

June 3, 2023

Dr. Jill Jacobs Biden

June 3, 1951

June 8, 2023

Ida Saxton McKinley

June 8, 1847

June 8, 2023

Barbara Pierce Bush

June 8, 1925

June 30, 2023

Elizabeth Kortright Monroe

June 30, 1768

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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