Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The mission of FLARE is to create and sustain a network to promote and publicize research and education about the contributions, lives, impact, and lasting legacy of U.S. First Ladies.

Our Vision

FLARE will be the primary association to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and outreach among scholars, institutions, First Ladies’ staff, biographers, archivists, journalists, and public historians interested in research and education about the lasting legacy of U.S. First Ladies.

Our Online Resources

Member Profile*:
Create a user ID and password to establish your member profile. Then sign in to access your member-only benefits.

Member Directory*: Network with peers and meet new colleagues who share your expertise and accomplishments.

Member-Only Lewis L. Gould Award*:
Be nominated for or nominate someone for our most prestigious annual award named after noted First Ladies scholar Dr. Gould. Award is presented to a member with a noteworthy career or a distinguished contribution to this field.

Calendar of Events:
See what's coming up at a glance and add to your calendar.

Past Programs:
Find past programs and events easily and quickly if you missed one or would like more information on the subject.


Stay on top of the latest news:

•  Members in the news
•  Featured members and featured members' archive
FLARE/American University announcements, programs and archive

American University First Ladies Initiative:
Resources and conferences featuring distinguished scholars and experts.

Selected Bibliography: Resources on First Ladies you can use as a starting point for your research and education.

Research Circles*:
Create a research circle with other members to conduct research, plan a book proposal, write a conference paper or article, create a podcast, design a course, and more.
Member-Only Research and Education Grants*: Apply for research grants for your articles, books, educational programs, courses, and more. FLARE-Sponsored Conferences: Coming in the future.

Featured Authors:
Read about the books our members have authored.

FLARE Scholarly Journal: Coming in the future.

Networking Central*:
Let FLARE connect you with members for advice, speakers, programs and educational materials.
FLARE Experts Bureau*: Appear on FLARE's public-facing expert list to speak at conferences, webinars and other forums.        

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