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FLARE Member of the Month ... Colleen Shogan

Colleen Shogan was nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next Archivist of the United States on August 3, 2022. Dr. Shogan joined the White House Historical Association in the winter of 2020 after almost fifteen years of federal government service. She previously worked in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Colleen was the Vice Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and now serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation, designated by Congress to build the first Washington, D.C. memorial dedicated to the early movement for women’s equality.

FLARE Member of the Month ... Colleen Shogan
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First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) Announces AnitaMcBride as the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award Recipient

First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) Announces AnitaMcBride as the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award Recipient

Washington, D.C. – Anita B. McBride, former Chief of Staff for First Lady Laura Bush and currently Executive in Residence and Director of the First Ladies Initiative at American University’s School of Public Affairs, today received the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award. The annual award, presented by FLARE, recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of First Lady research and education, and a commitment to excellence while furthering the study of American First Ladies.

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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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 October 2022 
October 11, 2022
7:00PM - 8:00PM EDT

Becoming Bess, Mamie, and Hillary: Actress Kay Kuhlmann discusses her writing and performances of one-woman shows

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November 7, 2022
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Rosalynn Carter: Jimmy's Secret Weapon

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Caroline Scott Harrison

October 1, 1832

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Eliza McCardle Johnson

October 4, 1810

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Eleanor Roosevelt

October 11, 1884

October 15, 2022

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson

October 15, 1872

October 26, 2022

Hillary Rodham Clinton

October 26, 1947

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