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First Ladies in the News

The National Archives and EAST WING Magazine have recently published articles about a number of First Ladies.

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Remember the First Ladies

In celebration of Women's History Month, please join Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan, who will moderate a program featuring Diana Carlin, Anita McBride, and Nancy Kegan Smith, co-authors of a new book, Remember the First Ladies: The Legacies of America's History-Making Women. The book illustrates First Ladies’ unique position to influence American society, policy, diplomacy, and life in the White House, and illuminates how many of them broke barriers to make a mark on our country, and at times, the world. A book signing will follow the program.

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to be the keynote speaker at the First Ladies Luncheon; FLARE's first national conference to follow

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to be the keynote speaker at the First Ladies Luncheon; FLARE's first national conference to follow

I am pleased to let you know that Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, will be the keynote speaker during the annual First Ladies luncheon celebrating the 50th anniversary of Betty Ford’s tenure as First Lady. The luncheon will be followed by FLARE's first national conference showcasing Former First Lady Ford’s leadership and commemorating her 1984 groundbreaking conference on First Ladies.

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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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 April 2024 
April 26, 2024
2:15PM - 5:30PM EDT

FLARE’s First National Conference!

First Lady Betty Ford 50th Anniversary Celebration

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The conference is being held in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum and American University’s School of Public Affairs.

April 27, 2024

National First Ladies Day

More information coming soon!

First Ladies Birthdays view all events

April 8, 2024

Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer Ford

April 8, 1918

April 19, 2024

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield

April 19, 1832

April 26, 2024

Melania Knavs Trump

April 26, 1970


* indicates Inaugural Lifetime Individual Member


*Kristin Ahlberg

*Mary R. Anderson

*Thomas J. Balcerski

*Maurine Beasley

*Allida Black

*Pamela G. Bourland-Davis


*Mary C. Brennan

*Christopher Brick

*Paulette Brinka

*Mary Balfour Calvert

*Stacy Cordery

*Erika N. Cornelius Smith


*Susan Donius

*East Wing Magazine

Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum

*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


*Maria Protti

*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

*Nancy Beck Young

*Kay Zerwick