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First Ladies: Unusual for Their Time

Speaker Andy Och
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Andy Och

IF GEORGE WASHINGTON HAD NEVER MET AND MARRIED MARTHA DANDRIDGE CUSTIS…WE WOULD BE SITTING IN A DIFFERENT ROOM…SPEAKING WITH A DIFFERENT ACCENT…OR PERHAPS A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE ALTOGETHER…IN A COUNTRY UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME AND FLAG.  YOU SEE, MARTHA WASHINGTON WAS UNUSUAL FOR HER TIME.

For the past year and a half Andy Och has traveled to nearly every library, museum, house, historical site, birth place, cemetery, train station and battlefield that relates to or helps tell the story of every First Lady from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. He was a contracted Series Producer for the C-SPAN original series “FIRST LADIES: Influence and Image”.  His research, interviews and travels have shed a new light onto an often over looked topic in American History – WOMEN. The Hoover Museum is very excited that Mr. Och will be presenting his program, First Ladies: Unusual for Their Time, in the auditorium on May 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Och has had acess to some of the greatest collections, homes, artifacts and stories that relate to this unique sorority of women, and he will be sharing his adventures. This interactive discussion focuses on the First Ladies of the United States of America and outlines the lives of several First Ladies by century and influence. 

ALL of these women – in one form or another – are “UNUSUAL FOR THEIR TIME”.  A unique aspect ot this talk is that many of the stories relate to the First Ladies time before or after the White House years. So much of what “we” commonly know about these women is from their time as the President’s wife.  However, these women are individuals – daughters, sisters, mothers – and had lives before and after the White House. 

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.


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