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Arm Chair Traveler – Madam President, First Lady Edith Wilson
November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenous peace following the end of Wolrd War I, Mrs. Wilson dedicated herself to managing the office of the President, reading all correspondence inteded for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in WAshington, D.C. circles at the time-one senator called her “the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from first Lady to Acting First Man” — her legacy as “First Woman President” is now largely forgotten. Presented by William Hazelgrove.
All ages welcome. Sign up required. Call 815.895.2500 ext 126.