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FREE--Legacies of America's First Ladies

  • Nov 15, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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Hi ladies,

This should be a fabulous afternoon, and the event is free--Both of President Bush's daughters will be on the panel--in the evening Barbara Bush and Laura Bush will be doing an event as well (Not part of this, but you can go by joining the Friends of LBJ--info on their web page)

Link to register is closer to the bottom of the article

Something from their web page

Throughout our nation’s history First Ladies of the United States have played an influential role in American politics, domestic policy, and global diplomacy. From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, the women who shared this unique experience have served alongside our Presidents as policy advisors, diplomats, hostesses, and national role models. They have helped shape societal attitudes and have used their platform to advocate for important initiatives and policies affecting our country and people around the world.

In this one-day conference, we will review the role of First Lady, an intriguing position that has no definition and no salary, yet has extraordinary power to influence and increasingly greater expectations. We will discuss the choices these women have made and the forces that have empowered, as well as challenged, their ability to help shape their work and support the President as well as the nation. The Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies will give insight into how these leaders behind the leaders help effect change and advance our society in valuable ways.


All afternoon sessions are free and open to the public and will be held in the LBJ Auditorium located in the LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78705. Click here for a map.

1:30 – 1:35 p.m.
Welcome: Mark Updegrove, Director, LBJ Presidential Library

1:35 – 2:45 p.m.
Panel One: First Ladies Through American History

Historians and former First Lady staff will review select First Ladies in history, as well as contemporary figures, and their activism, how the position has evolved, and the traditional role of First Lady as guardian of the First Family and public image. The discussion will include anecdotal and interpretative perspectives on how a First Lady’s background shaped her personality and work.

Introduction: Alan Lowe, Director, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Moderator: Dee Dee Myers, former Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton

- Allida Black, Historian and Director, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers
- Lisa Caputo, former Press Secretary to First Lady Hillary Clinton
- Anita McBride, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush
- Richard Norton Smith, Historian and Author

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Special Presentation: First Ladies: A Photographer’s View

Renowned Presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly will share some of his iconic images of First Ladies over more than 40 years.Introduction: Neil W. Horstman, President of the White House Historical Association

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Panel Two: First Ladies – A Family View

Children of Presidents and First Ladies will share their view of life in the White House.

Introduction: Warren Finch, Director, George Bush Presidential Library

Moderator: Jean Becker, Chief of Staff for former President George H. W. Bush and former Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Barbara Bush

- Barbara Pierce Bush
- Jenna Bush Hager
- Steve Ford
- Lynda Johnson Robb

Guests will be asked to leave the Auditorium at the conclusion of the second afternoon panel in order to prepare it for the evening event.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A Moderated Conversation: Reflections of First Ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush*

Introduction: Anita McBride, Conference Chair and former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush

Moderator: Mark Updegrove, Director, LBJ Presidential Library

- First Lady Barbara Bush
- First Lady Laura Bush


The afternoon portion of the conference is open to the public. Please click here to register online.

Questions may be directed to [masked] or answered by calling (512) 721-0176.

*Only members of the Friends of the LBJ Library are invited to attend the evening session, Reflections of First Ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. Invitations and registration details will be mailed to current members in mid-October. Members will have an option to register for the afternoon sessions when they register for the evening session

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  • Wendy

    What a wonderful, informative event--

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the program. Well produced. An informative, fun-filled afternoon

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would never have known about this unique and incredibly interesting event without you Wendy. I am so grateful.

    November 15, 2012

  • Sue

    Fantastic! Once again, Wendy organized a terrific afternoon! Thank you!

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in North West Austin, but thanks anyway. Hope to see you there.

    November 13, 2012

  • Brenna G.

    Does anyone want to meet before the event to get seating together? :)

    November 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Where do you live? Would it be possible to ride with you? I will buy lunch. I live nearparmer and McNeil. Thanks.

      November 12, 2012

    • Brenna G.

      Martha, I am in New Braunfels. I can't make it much before 12:30. I do not know Austin very well but I don't think that is on the way :( If I am mistaken let me know. Anne or anyone else my number is[masked] (txt or call) if you would like to get in line and seats together!! I will be there at 12:30. Wendy I will keep an eye out for you. This is my first meet up. I hope to meet some of you Thurs!!! ...and Wendy thank you so much for organizing this event I have been looking forward to it!!! Brenda :)

      November 13, 2012

  • Wendy

    My plan is to be there at 1230 to be in line

    November 12, 2012

  • Wendy

    Anne--it is first come first served in line to check in
    Everyone is responsible for their own seating

    November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, ladies
    This will be my first meetup, though I am a friend of the LBJ Library.
    Are you all meeting somewhere in the library before the event?

    November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone carpooling for either the afternoon or for both sessions? I would be happy to pay for gas and lunch. Thanks.

    November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going to both the afternoon and evening sessions? I really really want to go to these but I can't drive. Is anyone going to carpool? Thanks.

    November 9, 2012

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