FLARE Calendar of Events

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  • FLARE Members will receive a registration invitation.

    March 6, 2024
    7:00PM - 8:00PM

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March 2024

Monday
4
2024
March 4, 2024

Remember the First Ladies

Presented by the National Archives

In Person and online

In celebration of Women's History Month, please join Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan, who will moderate a program featuring Diana Carlin, Anita McBride, and Nancy Kegan Smith, co-authors of a new book, Remember the First Ladies: The Legacies of America's History-Making Women. The book illustrates First Ladies’ unique position to influence American society, policy, diplomacy, and life in the White House and illuminates how many of them broke barriers to make a mark on our country and, at times, the world. A book signing will follow the program.

Women’s History programming is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

Wednesday
6
2024
March 6, 2024
7:00PM - 8:00PM

FLARE Social Hour

FLARE Members will receive a registration invitation.

Tuesday
12
2024
March 12, 2024

Jane Appleton Pierce

March 12, 1806

Wednesday
13
2024
March 13, 2024

Abigail Powers Fillmore

March 13, 1798

Saturday
16
2024
March 16, 2024

Patricia “Pat” Ryan Nixon

March 16, 1912

Thursday
21
2024
March 21, 2024
7:00PM - 8:00PM

Debra Scala Giokas book talk on Ladies First-Common Threads

Bay Shore Historical Society

Friday
29
2024
March 29, 2024

Lou Henry Hoover

March 29, 1874

April 2024

Wednesday
3
2024
April 3, 2024
8:30AM - 12:30PM

First Ladies Then and Now: Communicating Their Message

FLARE presents the Central States Communication Assocaition Pre-Conference

Grand Amway Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI

The field of First Ladies Studies has grown dramatically since the first course was offered in 1982 at the University of Texas-Austin and Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter hosted the first conference on first ladies in Grand Rapids in 1984. Communication scholars have been at the heart of the growth in scholarship, publications, conference programs, and interviews in various media. With the creation of the interdisciplinary association, founded by seven scholars--including four from communication--and new publications, including the first-ever college textbook, this is an area of study with tremendous potential for communication scholarship, especially for graduate students and early career faculty. To trace the history of this interdisciplinary field of inquiry, Central States is partnering with FLARE--First Ladies Association for Research and Education--to mark the 40th anniversary of the conference at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids.

Monday
8
2024
April 8, 2024

Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer Ford

April 8, 1918

Friday
19
2024
April 19, 2024

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield

April 19, 1832

Friday
26
2024
April 26, 2024

Melania Knavs Trump

April 26, 1970

May 2024

Saturday
4
2024
May 4, 2024

Julia Gardiner Tyler

May 4, 1820

Some biographies list July 29, 1820 as her birth date.

Wednesday
15
2024
May 15, 2024

Ellen Axson Wilson

May 15, 1860

Monday
20
2024
May 20, 2024

Dolley Payne Todd Madison

May 20, 1768

June 2024

Sunday
2
2024
June 2, 2024

Martha Custis Dandridge Washington

June 2, 1731

Sunday
2
2024
June 2, 2024

Helen “Nellie” Herron Taft

June 2, 1861

Monday
3
2024
June 3, 2024

Dr. Jill Jacobs Biden

June 3, 1951

Saturday
8
2024
June 8, 2024

Ida Saxton McKinley

June 8, 1847

Saturday
8
2024
June 8, 2024

Barbara Pierce Bush

June 8, 1925

Sunday
30
2024
June 30, 2024

Elizabeth Kortright Monroe

June 30, 1768

July 2024

Saturday
6
2024
July 6, 2024

Nancy Davis Reagan

July 6, 1921

Sunday
21
2024
July 21, 2024

Frances Folsom Cleveland

July 21, 1864

Thursday
25
2024
July 25, 2024

Anna Tuthill Symes Harrison

July 25, 1775

Sunday
28
2024
July 28, 2024

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

July 28, 1929

Monday
29
2024
July 29, 2024

Julia Gardiner Tyler

July 29, 1820

Some biographies list May 4, 1820 as her birth date.

August 2024

Tuesday
6
2024
August 6, 2024

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

August 6, 1861

Thursday
15
2024
August 15, 2024

Florence Kling Harding

August 15, 1860

Sunday
18
2024
August 18, 2024

Rosalynn Smith Carter

August 18, 1927

Wednesday
28
2024
August 28, 2024

Lucy Webb Hayes

August 28, 1831

September 2024

Wednesday
4
2024
September 4, 2024

Sarah Childress Polk

September 4, 1803

Saturday
21
2024
September 21, 2024

Margaret “Peggy” Smith Taylor

September 21, 1788

October 2024

Tuesday
1
2024
October 1, 2024

Caroline Scott Harrison

October 1, 1832

Friday
4
2024
October 4, 2024

Eliza McCardle Johnson

October 4, 1810

Friday
11
2024
October 11, 2024

Eleanor Roosevelt

October 11, 1884

Tuesday
15
2024
October 15, 2024

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson

October 15, 1872

Saturday
26
2024
October 26, 2024

Hillary Rodham Clinton

October 26, 1947

November 2024

Monday
4
2024
November 4, 2024

Laura Welch Bush

November 4, 1946

Tuesday
12
2024
November 12, 2024

Letitia Christian Tyler

November 12, 1790

Thursday
14
2024
November 14, 2024

Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower

November 14, 1896

Friday
22
2024
November 22, 2024

Abigail Smith Adams

November 22, 1744

December 2024

Friday
13
2024
December 13, 2024

Mary Todd Lincoln

December 13, 1818

Sunday
22
2024
December 22, 2024

Clauda Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson

December 22, 1912

January 2025

Friday
3
2025
January 3, 2025

Grace Goodhue Coolidge

January 3, 1879

Friday
17
2025
January 17, 2025

Michelle Robinson Obama

January 17, 1964

Sunday
26
2025
January 26, 2025

Julia Dent Grant

January 26, 1826

February 2025

Wednesday
12
2025
February 12, 2025

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

February 12, 1775

Thursday
13
2025
February 13, 2025

Elizabeth “Bess” Wallace Truman

February 13, 1885

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