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April 8, 2019 - April 12, 2019
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April 15, 2018, 2:00 PM @ Bower Center for the Arts
This is a splendid opportunity to remind the nation that sometimes the spouses of presidents can become household names to the same degree as the chief executives to whom they’re married. Such is the story of Eleanor Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt’s fifth cousin and wife, who bore him seven children, endured his straying, promoted his New Deal policies and went on after his death to become a key figure in international politics. Among her many achievements was overseeing the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and serving as John F. Kennedy's first chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Long before former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton became a U.S. senator and then ran for president, Roosevelt was a popular although controversial First Lady courted by the politicians of her day who wanted her to run for high office, a path she declined, notes actor Jane VanBoskirk.
A reception will follow after the show.