East Wing Magazine Journalists Talk with FLARE About FLOTUS and the Media
Learn about the challenges between first ladies and the press, the changing landscape of the media and how presidential spouses have adapted and more.
Jan. 31, 2024
America’s first ladies and their relationship with the media date back to Martha Washington. Even now, the challenges historic first ladies have faced with the press are similar to the challenges modern first ladies face today. As the position of the president’s spouse has evolved, so has the media. Join the First Ladies Association for Research and Education for a lively conversation with East Wing Magazine journalists Jennifer Taylor and Erin Donaghue about the challenges between first ladies and the media; about the changing landscape of the media and how presidential spouses have adapted; and about East Wing Magazine and its mission to flip traditional narratives told about first ladies and the greater East Wing.
Jennifer Taylor is the editor and founder of East Wing Magazine. She is a longtime journalist with expertise spanning news, politics, conservation, agriculture, wellness, education, college admissions, and business. Previously, her work has appeared in CBSNews.com, Earth Island Journal, Modern Farmer, Treatment Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and The Kansas City Star among others. Jennifer is drawn to stories about women who lead and have a positive impact on society.
Erin Donaghue is a freelance writer and the editor-at-large with East Wing Magazine. She was previously a reporter covering criminal and social justice for CBS News. Her work has appeared in CBSNews.com, the Washington Post, USA Today, Jezebel and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Erin is interested in social movement's fighting inequality, women's history and the forces that bring people together.
Jan. 19, 2024
Applications are Now Open for New Clinton Foundation, Clinton Presidential Library Research Fellowship
The Clinton Presidential Library and Clinton Foundation are now offering research fellowships for graduate students and early-career academics from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The Clinton Presidential Research Fellowship supports graduate students as they endeavor to better understand President Clinton’s administration and its accomplishments and legacy, and apply the lessons of his life in public service to the challenges we face today.
The application deadline is March 15, 2024.
“Many scholars make use of the extensive archival collection housed at the Clinton Library on an ongoing basis. We are pleased to announce the Clinton Presidential Research Fellowship program to make our collection accessible to even more scholars working on projects that touch upon this important and fascinating period in our history,” said Dr. Jay Barth, director of the Clinton Presidential Library in a statement.
Four research fellowships, ranging from $1,250 to $5,000, will be offered per calendar year. Applicants must be a current graduate student based at a U.S. institution or have a Ph.D., officially conferred from a U.S. institution within the past eight years. Read more
In honor of Michelle Obama’s 60th birthday on January 17, the Obama Foundation offered a sneak peek of how the former first lady’s legacy will be reflected when the Obama Presidential Center opens next year.
The Obama Presidential Center will feature exhibitions, artifacts, and spaces that reflect Mrs. Obama’s legacy. From her work at the White House around health, education, and supporting military families to her continued initiatives supporting women and girls across the globe, Michelle Obama is an example of one person’s ability to inspire millions to create meaningful changes in their community. Take a look
Feb. 6 through April 21, 2024
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden presents Ancestral Spaces: People of African Descent at Tudor Place, a special installation and guided tour that explores the lives of individuals and families of African descent who lived and worked at Tudor Place.
From February 6 through April 21, Tudor Place will be reimagined to show the historic house from the perspective of the enslaved and free individuals for whom it was both home and workplace. Using artifacts, maps, photographs and audio recordings, visitors will explore how these individuals found ways to practice resistance and activism while navigating the irreparable traumas that came from the institution of slavery. The tour will also offer insight into historic Georgetown, which was a diverse landscape that included enslaved and free people of African descent.
“Tudor Place is proud to share this experience that was created in collaboration with descendants,” says Executive Director Mark Hudson in a statement. “We believe visitors will gain a new perspective on enslavement at our site and in Georgetown.”
For this installation, staff collaborated with a group of descendants and stakeholders providing them with decision-making power over the interpretation. The stories of these advisors will also play an important part in the tour. To augment historical narratives, staff made use of a variety of new sources, including the archaeological dig of an enslaved home space that occurred onsite in May 2022.
Tudor Place was owned by generations of the Peter family, descendants of Martha Washington, between 1805 and 1983. Through the exploitation of hundreds of enslaved individuals, the family built generational wealth through tobacco cultivation and land sales. While members of the family were diligent record-keepers when it came to their own stories, the lives of enslaved people who lived and worked at Tudor Place were mostly erased. This tour, according to the statement, will honor the memories of these individuals while expanding the traditional Tudor Place narrative, recognizing the site as a space built on the labor and presence of generations of people of African descent. Read more
Feb. 9, 2024
The National First Ladies Library and Museum present an online lecture on Mary Todd Lincoln. The former first lady lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies, but few people know her story. Now, librarian Laura Keyes dons Mrs. Lincoln’s dress and portrays Mary’s story in an entertaining and educational program entitled “Mrs. Lincoln in Love,” which is set on January 31st, 1862, when Mrs. Lincoln and her family are settled comfortably in the Executive Mansion. Read more
Feb. 16, 2024
WINE AND THE WHITE HOUSE: A History – Second Edition
The White House Historical Association on Feb. 16 will publish a second edition of WINE AND THE WHITE HOUSE: A History by Frederick, J. Ryan, Jr. In the book, the author traces the history and role of wine at the president’s table. This edition includes a new chapter on President Joe Biden’s use of wine in official entertaining, a newly designed cover, and a new spread on Château Margaux, which has had a long and unique association with America and its presidents.
WINE AND THE WHITE HOUSE takes readers on a journey through history to reveal just how influential wine has been to diplomatic relations and social entertaining at the White House, complete with illustrated menus, bills of sale, historic photographs, and new photography of the White House Collection of wine glasses, goblets, carafes, coolers, and decanters.
“Wine lovers know that much more goes into the experience of fine wine than simply the drink itself,” writes Ryan in the book’s introduction. “The glass, décor, food, ambiance, and company all contribute, especially in a setting as stunning and memorable as a formal White House dinner.”
A richly illustrated history of the glassware and service pieces used at the White House, photos from notable presidential toasts, and menu cards from historic White House gatherings create a sense of such an atmosphere. For readers interested in learning about the specific wines and vintages served at the White House since WWII, the final chapter contains a comprehensive list, the first of its kind.
Feb. 15, 2024
Get to know the real Jackie O with appetizers and drinks during this private, exclusive talk about our exhibition Beyond Camelot: The Life and Legacy of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, given by the National First Ladies Library and Museum staff at the First Ladies National Historic Site. Read more
Feb. 26, 2024
The First Ladies National Library and Museum presents an online staff-led discussion of this historical fiction book The First Ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (published June 2023). Read more
March 15 and 16, 2024
Three back-to-back first ladies (1945-63) appear in a two-night series of live performances at the Winona Arts Center, 228 East 5th Street Winona, Minnesota. Bess Truman, Friday, and Mamie Eisenhower and Jackie Kennedy, Saturday. Read more
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