Join us for the fascinating and dramatic story of Dolley Madison, the nation's "first First Lady." Far more than her predecessors, she defined the role of the President's spouse in the new republic. Some of Dolley's innovations, such as holding an inaugural ball and adopting a special project, have become today's traditions. Not only that: this First Lady distinguished herself as the fashionista of the founding generation, the premier hostess in the capital city, and the protector of a historic national treasure. During the War of 1812, as British troops advanced on the White House with torches, Dolley ordered the safe removal of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington. Her story is presented in anticipation of Jon Meacham's forthcoming book on James and Dolley Madison.
A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program. Staff will be available for help with connecting to Zoom and technical issues beginning 15 minutes prior to the program. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.
If you have questions about this program, please contact a librarian at the Middleburg Heights Branch at 440-234-3600.