America’s First Ladies: The Best, the Worst, the Strangely Forgotten

Americas first ladies the best the worst and the strangely forgotten

June 1st at 6:00 PM

This talk is presented by seven libraries located throughout the Mid-Hudson region.
The talk will be held on Zoom; registration with a valid email address is required.

Register ButtonThe role of First Lady comes with no job description, no pay, and no written requirements. Yet America’s presidential spouses have wielded great influence and have always been subject to intense public scrutiny. In this fascinating illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores which First Ladies have rated highest and lowest – or most in-between — with historians.

  • Who do you think was best or worst?
  • Why were some so vilified?
  • And what might the future hold for the role of American First Lady?

This talk is presented by seven libraries located throughout the Mid-Hudson region. The talk will be held on Zoom; registration with a valid email address is required.


The featured speaker, Leslie Goddard, is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history programs for more than ten years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history as well as a master’s degree in theater. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on history and currently works full-time as an author and public speaker.

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