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FLARE Member of the Month ... Lisa McMcCubbin Hill

Lisa McCubbin Hill is an award-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of six nonfiction books relating to First Ladies, the presidency, and the U.S. Secret Service.

Her latest release is My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy (Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster, October 25, 2022), with coauthor (and now husband), retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill. Already getting rave reviews, this follow-up to their 2012 #1 New York Times bestseller Mrs. Kennedy and Me, unveils a personal side of history that has never been told before and takes readers on a breathtaking journey, experiencing what it was like for Clint Hill to travel with Jacqueline Kennedy as the entire world was falling in love with her.
FLARE Member of the Month ... Lisa McMcCubbin Hill
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FLARE November 7 Program - Rosalynn Carter: Jimmy's Secret Weapon

FLARE November 7 Program - Rosalynn Carter: Jimmy's Secret Weapon

Rosalynn Carter’s growth and definition of her role as a marital partner led her to find her significant voice, as First Lady of Georgia, then as First Lady of the United States. She developed her advocacy skills for mental health legislation, her support for women’s rights, and her political skills in acting as an effective surrogate for her husband as he ran for elective office.

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FLARE Focus on The (Uncommon) Education of Abigail Adams

Jeanne Abrams

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought with ardor and attended with diligence,” Abigail Adams declared in 1780 to her teen-aged son, future president John Quincy Adams. It was a maxim the second First Lady of the United States followed faithfully her entire life. In 1779, during the American Revolution, Abigail’s husband John Adams was in Europe on a diplomatic mission to garner support for the cause. Abigail advised John Quincy, who had accompanied his father to France, that persistence, intellectual rigor, and plain hard work were the necessary ingredients for learning success. It is a lesson as important today as it was then.

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December 18, 2022

Mary Todd Lincoln

December 13, 1818

December 22, 2022

Clauda Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson

December 22, 1912

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

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Susan Donius

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Lewis L. Gould

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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

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Lindsay B. Reynolds

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Mary Stockwell

Larry and Louann Temple

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Courtney C. Travers

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