History @ High Noon: NC and First Ladies

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00pm
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Speaker: Annette B. Dunlap, Author and Historian

**First Lady Kristin Cooper will be joining us for the program. 

Kristin Cooper, North Carolina's First Lady
Kristin Cooper, North Carolina's First Lady

Take a walk through North Carolina history with the nation’s first ladies. Our country has had 43 official first ladies, and at least 10 of them have some tie to our state. Here are a few of the connections:

· Dolley Madison was born in Guilford County.
· Sarah Polk was educated at Salem Academy.
· Mary Todd Lincoln employed Elizabeth Keckley, who had been enslaved in Hillsborough.
· Grace Coolidge and Lou Henry Hoover had multiple connections to western North Carolina.
· Lady Bird Johnson made North Carolina a pivotal stop on her 1964 campaign tour for her husband’s election.

Join author and historian Annette B. Dunlap as we take a look at the role North Carolina has played in our national history through the eyes of our first ladies.

Annette B. Dunlap has been a North Carolina–based freelance writer and author for more than 40 years. She has written for a variety of publications, including op-eds for the Fayetteville Observer, the Charlotte Observer, and the Pilot, in Moore County. She was a freelance reporter for the Asheboro Courier-Tribune and has been a contributor to inspirational magazines, business publications, and the White House History Quarterly. Dunlap is the author of four nonfiction books: Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First Lady; The Gambler’s Daughter: A Personal and Social History; and Charles Gates Dawes: A Life. Her biography A Woman of Adventure: The Life and Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was released in June 2022 and is available as a hardcover book and audiobook.

Dunlap has appeared on C-SPAN’s first ladies’ series to discuss Frances Cleveland and Lou Henry Hoover. She was a panelist at the 2015 Harding Symposium on Modern First Ladies, held in Marion, Ohio, and broadcast on C-SPAN. Her presentation “First Ladies and the Politics of Fashion” has been recorded and broadcast nationally on C-SPAN. She has delivered lectures on the first ladies to libraries throughout North Carolina, presented to the North Carolina Museum of History, been a featured presenter on the White House History Happy Hour and at the National First Ladies Library. She holds a BA degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.