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Presidential Trappings: First Ladies

January 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Online

Please join us for this live webinar on Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00 PM EST.


As we part with an election year, welcome the new year, and look towards a presidential inauguration later this month, let’s pause to consider our unelected leaders– America’s First Ladies.

Professor of History at Ohio University, Katherine Jellison, will present an overview of the role of U.S. first ladies from 1789 to the present. Attendees will learn about first ladies through the years and the four major categories they fall into—the celebrity, the controversial first lady, the reluctant first lady, and the political partner. Professor Jellison will focus particular attention on a woman who embodied all four categories: Eleanor Roosevelt.

KATHERINE JELLISON is Professor of History at Ohio University, where she teaches courses on U.S. women’s and gender history. Her publications include Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993) and It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2008), both of which include “guest appearances” by a few first ladies. She also wrote the biography of Jacqueline Kennedy in Katherine A.S. Sibley, ed., Blackwell Companion to First Ladies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).


January 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Kayla Del Biondo