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The 2024 Board will include the following members (dates in parentheses indicate when the term ends):

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FLARE ... Why Haven’t We Learned This Before?

New college textbook brings America’s first ladies front and center.

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FLARE Program ... Edith Wilson:  Overnight Celebrity OR Edith Wilson:  Overnight Sensation

FLARE Program ... Edith Wilson: Overnight Celebrity OR Edith Wilson: Overnight Sensation

FLARE Program December 11, 2023

7 pm EST

Rebecca Roberts with Heath Lee

"Roberts isn’t interested in venerating Wilson as a saint; nor is she looking to magnify the First Lady’s flaws. Rather, she lets Edith be Edith, which is to say messy and complicated, as most humans are."

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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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 December 2023 
December 11, 2023
7:00PM - 8:00PM EST

FLARE Program ... Edith Wilson: Overnight Celebrity OR Edith Wilson: Overnight Sensation

Heath Lee Interviews Author Rebecca Roberts

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December 18, 2023

Mary Todd Lincoln

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December 22, 2023

Clauda Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson

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