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March 18, 2021
6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar

Speaker: Annette Dunlap

In World War I, Lou Henry Hoover helped start a hospital for wounded British soldiers. She was instrumental in establishing sewing factories to employ women whose men had gone off to war. In the early 1920s, she oversaw the nearly exponential growth of the Girl Scouts. As the nation’s first lady, Lou worked privately to find employment opportunities for individuals and hurting communities, while at the same time raising Americans’ awareness of the historical value of the White House and the importance of the arts. In her post-White House years, Lou continued to use her organizational and philanthropic skills to create new educational opportunities for students and cultural opportunities for her beloved Stanford community. Come learn about about the achievements of a first lady whose legacy has been largely forgotten, but whose impact can still be felt today.

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About the Speaker- Annette Dunlap: “When people ask me why I wrote a biography, I tell them it was on my “bucket list.” Ever since I was a schoolgirl, I have enjoyed reading about other people’s lives, and I determined that one day a book of mine would be in the biography section of the library,” Dunlap said.

“The decision to write about Frances Cleveland was made during my years as a marketing professor at a small, liberal arts college in North Carolina. The advertising textbook discussed the advent of mass marketing, and mentioned that a very attractive first lady’s image was used, without her permission, to market a wide variety of products.”

“That first lady was Frances Folsom Cleveland. I did a little background reading, and learned that she was our nation’s youngest first lady, that her wedding took place in the White House, and that there was a 27 year age difference between her and her husband, Grover Cleveland. Such is the stuff of novels, but as is often the case, the facts may be more believable than if an author had used the same characters in a work of fiction.”