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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.

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Pat Nixon:  Unheralded First Lady

Pat Nixon: Unheralded First Lady

Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

The far-reaching achievements of Pat Nixon, First Lady from 1969-1974 are too often overshadowed by the drama of her husband’s White House. Far from being “Plastic Pat,” Mrs. Nixon was a gifted person-to-person diplomat whose wide interests prevented her from selecting just one “signature” First Lady project. Instead, she declared, “People are my project.” Our panel will examine Mrs. Nixon’s true personality versus her media image, her efforts to make the White House more accessible to all, her foreign trips and efforts as a solo diplomat, her behind-the-scenes support for getting more women in government roles, and her strong desire to see a woman on the Supreme Court.

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May 26, 2022
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FLARE Program on Pat Nixon

Virtual Event ... https://youtu.be/CRnC9ijaEoE

Pat Nixon: Unheralded First Lady The far-reaching achievements of Pat Nixon, First Lady from 1969-1974 are too often overshadowed by the drama of her husband’s White House.

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May 31, 2022

Gould Award 2022 Nomination Deadline

FLARE members are invited to nominate a member of the organization for the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award.

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June 2, 2022

NATIONAL FIRST LADIES DAY

National First Ladies Day on June 2nd commemorates the very first First Lady of the United States and all those who followed in her footsteps.

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May 4, 2022

Julia Gardiner Tyler

May 4, 1820

Some biographies list July 29, 1820 as her birth date.

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May 15, 2022

Ellen Axson Wilson

May 15, 1860

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May 20, 2022

Dolley Payne Todd Madison

May 20, 1768

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