Virtual First Ladies Tea November 8, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Image credit: From left to right: Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Frances Cleveland, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Barbara Bush, courtesy of the White House Collection/White House Historical Association

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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host a Virtual First Ladies Tea on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2-4 p.m. The event, chaired by LMMM Trustee Hunter Arton will feature a talk titled, The Media’s Fascination with First Ladies by Dr. Lisa M. Burns.

The press and public have been fascinated with first ladies since Martha Washington’s time. The first lady position is unique in that it is unelected, not defined in the Constitution, yet demands a great deal of its holders. They are among the most highly recognizable figures of any presidential administration, often treated as celebrities with the news media following their every move. They are public figures whether they like it or not. They are also political figures due to their proximity to power via their husbands and the various duties they carry out for their husbands’ administrations. This presentation will focus on press coverage of first ladies throughout the years, including the various ways they’ve dealt with the constant media scrutiny and life in the public spotlight. 

Dr. Lisa M. Burns

Dr. Lisa M. Burns is a Professor of Media Studies at Quinnipiac University. She holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her edited collection Media Relations and the Modern First Lady: From Jacqueline Kennedy to Melania Trump was released in February 2020. She is also the author of First Ladies and the Fourth Estate: Press Framing of Presidential Wives and has published many journal articles and book chapters on first ladies. Her research interests include political communication, particularly media coverage of U.S. presidents and political spouses; public memory; and media criticism. She frequently serves as a media expert on topics including first ladies, women in politics, and presidential campaign coverage.

The program will include a hat contest with prizes, a silent auction, and a special drawing. All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs.