Calendar

Leslie


Goddard

If you'd like to attend a program, I always recommend contacting the host organization. Some require advance registration or tickets.


PROGRAMMERS: My calendar for 2024 is now fully booked and I'm no longer able to accept new bookings. For those looking to schedule events in 2025, I'll reopen for bookings on Labor Day 2024. 

 

​Unless otherwise indicated, locations are in the state of Illinois



April 21, 2024, 1 pm, Harvard-Diggins Library fundraiser, Starline Factory, Barbie

  

April 22, 2024, 1 pm (2 pm Eastern), Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library, Nancy Drew (virtual)


April 22, 2024, 7 pm, Flagg Creek Heritage Society, Pan Am Betty


April 23, 2024, 9:30 a.m., private event

April 23, 2024, 1 pm, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Barbie

 

April 24, 2024, 1 pm, Rockford Woman's Club, PanAm Betty

 

April 24, 2024, 7 pm, Winnetka Public Library, Rachel Carson (virtual)


April 25, 2024, morning, private event

 

April 25, 2024, 7 pm, Lockport Woman's Club, Lilly Pulitzer

 

April 26, 2024, out of state, not available


April 26, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Connetquot Public Library, Barbie (virtual)


April 27, 2024, 11:30 am, private event

 

April 28, 2024, 2 pm, private event

 

April 29, 2024, 2 pm, Indian Trails Public Library District, Amelia Earhart


April 29, 2024, 6:30 pm, Julia Hull District Library, Lilly Pulitzer


April 30, 2024, 1 pm, Mundelein Park District, Eleanor Roosevelt

 

April 30, 2024, 7 pm, Kankakee Valley Civil War Round Table, Gone with the Wind


May 1, 2024, afternoon, West Suburban Art Society, Chicago Department Stores

 

May 1, 2024, 7 pm, Geneva Public Library, Kentucky Derby


May 2-4, 2024, OUT OF STATE


May 5, 2024, 11 am private event


May 5, 2024, 2 pm, Bloomingdale Park District Museum, Little Black Dress


May 6, 2024, 1 pm, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Seniors, Chicago Candy


May 6, 2024, 5:30-7:30 pm (6:30-8:30 pm Eastern), Cheshire Public Library, Kentucky Derby (virtual)


May 7, 2024, 10 am, private event

 

May 7, 2024, 1:30 pm, private event


May 7, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Wyckoff Public Library (NJ), Barbie (virtual)


May 8, 2024, 11 am, private event

 

May 8, 2024, 7 pm, Glenside Public Library, Glendale Heights, Florida Vacation


May 9, 2024, luncheon, private event

 

May 9, 2024, 6:30 pm, private event


May 10, 2024, 2 pm, private event


May 10, 2024, 6 pm, private event


May 11, 2024, 2 pm, Glen Ellyn Historical Society, Lilly Pulitzer


May 13, 2024, 2 pm, private event


May 13, 2024, 6:30 pm, Crete Public Library District, Pan Am Betty

May 14, 2024, daytime, private event

 

May 14,2024, 7 pm, private event


May 15, 2024, 1 pm, private event

 

May 15, 2024, 7 pm, Norwood Park Historical Society, Bertha Palmer


May 16, 2024, daytime, private event

 

May 16, 2024, 6:30 pm, Orland Park Public Library, Chicago Department Stores


May 17, 2024, 10 am, Village of Willowbrook Seniors, Julia Child


May 18, 2024, 10 am, Arlington Heights Senior Center, Barbie


May 18, 2024, 1 pm, 1950s House Museum, at Rolling Meadows Community Center, Barbie


May 19, 2024, not available


May 20, 2024, 11 am, Highland Park Public Library, Lady Bird Johnson


May 20, 2024,6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library, Lilly Pulitzer (virtual)

 

May 21, 2024, 1 p.m., Western Springs Senior Center, TBD

 

May 21, 2024, 7 pm, Acorn Public Library District, Barbie


May 22, 2024, 1 pm, private event


May 22, 2024, 7 pm, private event


May 23, 2024, 1 pm, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Riverview

 

May 23, 2024, 6 pm, Friends of Crown Point Library, Brownie Wise


May 24, 2024, 2 pm, private event


May 26-June 23, 2024, OUT OF STATE, Oklahoma Chautauqua

 

June 24, 2024, 1 pm, North Shore Senior Center, Inventing the Florida Vacation


June 24, 2024, 7 pm, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, Rachel Carson


June 25, 2024, 1 pm, private event


June 25, 2024, 7 pm, Winnetka-Northfield PLD, Lady Bird Johnson (virtual)


June 26, 2024, 1 pm, Eisenhower Public Library, Lilly Pulitzer


June 26, 2024, 5:30 pm Central (6:30 pm Eastern), Palisades, Tappan and Orangeburg Libraries, Barbie (virtual)


June 27, 2024, noon, Dickinson Hall Lake Forest, Lilly Pulitzer


June 27, 2024, Charles B. Phillips Public Library, Newark IL, Lady Bird Johnson


June 28, 2024, 2 pm, private event


July 1, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library, Lady Bird Johnson (virtual event)

 

July 2, 2024, 2:30 pm, private event


July 2, 2024, 7 pm, Deerfield Public Library, Rachel Carson


July 8, 2024, 2 pm, Indian Trails Public Library District, Lady Bird Johnson


July 8, 2024, 7 pm, Palatine Library, Chicago Department Stores


July 9, 2024, 1 pm, Oakton Community College Alliance for Lifelong Learning, Florida Vacation


July 9, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Madison Public Library (NJ), Barbie (virtual)


July 10, 2024, 1 pm, Oak Brook Park District, TBD

 

July 10, 2024, 7 pm, Acorn Public Library District, Lilly Pulitzer


July 11, 2024, luncheon, private event


July 11, 2024, 7 pm, Prospect Heights Public Library District, Rachel Carson


July 12, 2024, 2 pm, private event


July 13, 2024, 2 pm, Glen Ellyn Historical Society, Chicago Candy


July 14-16, 2024, OUT OF STATE (not available)


July 15, 2024, 6 pm, Maud Preston Palenske Library, MI, Nancy Drew


July 17, 2024, 2 pm, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN, Amelia Earhart


July 17, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Smithsonian Associates, Barbie


July 18, 2024, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN, Amelia Earhart


July 19, 2024, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN, Amelia Earhart


July 20, 2024, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN, Amelia Earhart


July 21, 2024, 3 pm, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN, Amelia Earhart


July 22, 2024, not available (travel)


July 23, 2024, Museum on Main, Pleasanton, CA, PanAm Betty


July 24, 2024, 6:30 pm, Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, NV, Amelia Earhart


July 25, 2024, 10 am Pacific, workshop on creating a chautauqua character


July 26, 2024, 2 pm, private event


July 27, 2024, 7:30 pm, South Haven (MI) Theatre Series, TBD


July 29, 2024, 7 pm, Barrington Area Library, Amelia Earhart


July 30, 2024, 1 pm, Geneva Public Library, Georgia O'Keeffe


July 30, 2024, 7 pm, Indian Prairie Public Library, Little Black Dress


July 31, 2024, 2 pm, Geneseo Public Library, Lucille Ball


July 31, 2024, 7 pm, Rolling Meadows Library, Pan Am Betty


August 1, 2024, 1 pm, Naperville Public Library, 95th St Library, Pan Am Betty


August 2, 2023, noon, private event


August 3-11, 2024, OUT OF STATE, not available


August 6, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Madison Public Library (NJ), Kentucky Derby Traditions (virtual)

August 12, 2024, 2 pm, Wilmette Public Library, Barbie (virtual)


August 12, 2024, 7 pm, Lake Villa District Library, Georgia O'Keeffe


August 13, 2024, OUT OF STATE, not available


August 14, 2023, 1 pm, North Shore Senior Center, Lady Bird Johnson


August 14, 2024, 7 pm, Palatine Library District, Julia Child


August 15, 2024, 11:30 am, St. Charles Park District, Julia Child

 

August 15, 2024, 7 pm, private event


August 16, 2024, 10 am, The Little Traveler, Lilly Pulitzer


August 16, 2024, 1 pm, private event


August 17, 2024, 8:30-11:30 am, Arlington Heights Historical Society at the Arlington Heights Farmers Market, Barbie (meet-and-greet event)


August 19, 2024, 1 pm Helen Plum Library, Lilly Pulitzer


August 19, 2024, 6:30 pm, Bloomingdale Public Library, Florida Vacation (virtual)


August 20, 2024, 7 pm, not available


August 21, 2024, HOLD (all day, out-of-state event)

 

August 22, 2024, 11 am, private event


August 22, 2024, 7 pm, American Legion 854, Evergreen Park, Lucille Ball


August 23, 2024, 1 pm, private event


August 24, 2024, 2 pm, Bishop Hill Chautauqua, Amelia Earhart


August 26, 2024, 1 pm, Eisenhower Public Library, Pan Am Betty


August 26, 2024, 7 pm, Elmhurst Public Library, Barbie


August 27, 2024, noon, Dorr Township, Julia Child


August 27, 2024, 7 pm, private event


August 28, 2024, 1 pm, private event


August 28, 2024, 7 pm, Elk Grove Village Public Library, Barbie


August 29, 2024, 11 am, Berwyn Park District, Julia Child


August 29, 2024, 2 pm, private event


August 29, 2024, 7 pm, private event


August 30, 2024, noon, private event


Sept. 3, 2024, 1 pm, Itasca Park District, Lucille Ball


Sept. 3, 2024, 7 pm, Elm Grove Public Library, WI, Barbie


Sept. 4, 2024, 6:30 pm, Homer Township Library, Lucille Ball


Sept. 5, 2024, 1 p.m., Western Springs Senior Center, TBD

 

Sept. 6, 2024, noon, private event


Sept. 7, 2024, 2 pm, Roselle Public Library District, Chicago Dept Stores


Sept. 7, 2024, 7 pm, Lake Forest Library, Brownie Wise (virtual)


Sept. 9, 2024, TBD, Masonic Homes, Louisville, KY, Lucille Ball


Sept. 10, 2024, noon, private event


Sept 10, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Bernards Township Library, Betty Crocker (virtual)


Sept. 11, 2024, 1 pm, Wayne Township Senior Center, Lucille Ball


Sept. 11, 2024, 6:15 pm, Edgebrook Branch Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Library


Sept. 12, 2024, 9:30 am, private event


Sept. 12, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Sept. 13, 2024, 1:30 pm, Maine Township MaineStreamers, Florida vacation


Sept. 14-16, 2024, not available (out of state)


Sept. 17, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Sept. 18, 2024, 1 pm, private event


Sept. 18, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library, Georgia O'Keeffe (virtual event)

 

Sept. 19, 2024, luncheon, private event

 

Sept. 20, 2024, 10 am, Antioch Township, Lake Villa, Lucille Ball


Sept. 21, 2024, 1 pm, DuPage County Historical Museum, Barbie


Sept. 23, 2024, 11 am, Northwest Indiana Community Arts Associates, TBD


Sept. 24, 2024, 10 am, private event


Sept. 24, 2024, 7 pm, Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, Nancy Drew


Sept. 25, 2024, luncheon, private event


Sept. 25, 2024, 7 pm, Elmhurst Public Library, Julia Child


Sept. 26, 2024, luncheon, private event


Sept. 26, 2024, 7 pm, Palos Heights Library, Lilly Pulitzer


Sept. 27, 2024, noon (1 pm Eastern), Seaford Public Library, Lucille Ball (virtual)


Sept. 28, 2024, 1 pm, Palos Park Library, Lucille Ball


Sept. 30, 2024, 1:15 pm, Park Ridge Park Dist., Pan Am Betty

 

Oct. 1, 2024, 1 pm, private event


Oct. 1, 2024, 6:30 pm, Gail Borden Public Library District, Louisa May Alcott


Oct. 2, 2024, 11 am, private event


Oct. 2, 2024, 1:30 pm (2:30 Eastern), Connetquot Public Library, Betty Crocker (virtual event)


Oct. 3, 2024, 10:30 am, Niles-Maine District Library, Pan Am Betty


Oct. 3, 2024, 1 pm, Learning is Forever, Rochester Community and Technical College, First Ladies (virtual)


Oct. 5, 2024, 2 pm, Bureau County Historical Society, Eleanor Roosevelt


Oct. 8, 2023, 1 pm, Downers Grove Public Library and Downers Grove Township Senior Services, Nancy Drew


Oct. 8, 2023, 7 pm, DuPage County Historical Museum, First Ladies


Oct. 9, 2024, time and location TBD, private event

 

Oct. 9, 2024, 5:30 pm Central (6:30 pm Eastern), Palisades, Tappan and Orangeburg Libraries, Julia Child (virtual)


Oct. 10, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Oct. 10, 2024, 5:30 pm, Manhattan/Elwood Public Library, Betty Crocker


Oct. 12, 2024, 10 am, Raymond A. Sapp Library, Wyanet, TBD


Oct. 14, 2024, 6 pm, Genoa City Public Library (WI), Betty Crocker lecture


Oct. 15, 2024, noon, The Center, Palos Park, Lilly Pulitzer


Oct. 15, 2024, 7 pm, Winnetka Public Library, Lucille Ball (virtual)


Oct. 16, 2024, 1:30 pm, private event

Oct. 16, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), New City Library, Nancy Drew (virtual)


Oct. 17, 2024, noon, Lord of Life Church, Darien, Lilly Pulitzer


Oct. 17, 2024, 5:30 pm (6:30 pm Eastern), North Bergen Free Library, NJ, Nancy Drew (virtual)


Oct. 18, 2024, 1 pm, Aram Public Library (WI), Lucille Ball


Oct. 22, 2024, 6:30 pm Eastern, Women's leadership group, Our Lady of Mercy, Harborcreek PA, Eleanor Roosevelt


Oct. 26, 2024, 1 pm, DuPage County Historical Society and DuPage County Historical Museum, Amelia Earhart


Oct. 25-27, 2024, not available


​Oct. 28, 2024, time, location and program TBD


Oct. 29, time, location and program TBD


Oct. 30, 2024, 1 pm, Learning is Forever at Rochester Community and Technical College, American Candy (virtual)


​Nov. 1, 2024, noon, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, WI, Lucille Ball 

 

Nov. 4, 2024, TBD, Masonic Homes, KY, Jackie Kennedy


Nov. 5, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Nov. 5, 2024, 7 pm, private event


Nov. 6, 2024, 1:30 pm, Will County Farm Bureau, Amelia Earhart


Nov. 6, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), New City Library, NY, Nancy Drew (virtual)


Nov. 7, 2024, 5:30 pm (6:30 pm Eastern), Adams County Library, Lucille Ball (virtual)


Nov. 8, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Southold Free Library, Little Black Dress (virtual)


Nov. 11, 2024, 7 pm, Flagg Creek Heritage Society, Lucille Ball


Nov. 12, 2024, luncheon, private event


Nov. 12, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Bernard Township Library, Nancy Drew (virtual)


Nov. 13, 2024, 10 am, private event


Nov. 13, 2024, 1 pm, Oak Brook Park District, TBD

 
Nov. 14, 2024, 1 pm, The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Marshall Field’s at Christmas


Nov. 14, 2024, 7 pm, private event


Nov. 15, 2024, 1:30 pm, Maine Township MaineStreamers, Lucille Ball


Nov. 16, 2024, 6:30 pm, Julia Hull District Library, TBD


Nov. 17, 2024, 4 pm, private event


Nov. 18, 2024, 1 pm, Downers Grove Public Library, It’s a Wonderful Life


Nov. 18, 2024, 6:30 pm, Bloomingdale Public Library, Chicago Dept Stores (virtual)


Nov. 19, 2024, 1 p.m., Western Springs Senior Center, TBD

 

Nov. 19, 2024, 6:30 pm, Tinley Park Public Library, TBD


Nov. 20, 2024, 1:30 pm, private event


Nov. 21, 2024, 1 pm, private event

 

Nov. 22, 2024, 10 am, The Little Traveler, It's a Wonderful Life


Nov. 22, 2024, 1 pm, Midcentury Christmas


Nov. 23, 2024, 2 pm, Glen Ellyn Historical Society, Christmas on State St


Nov. 25, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Nov. 26, 2024, noon, Dickinson Hall Lake Forest, Midcentury Christmas


Dec. 2, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Dec. 2, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Eastern), Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library, TBD (virtual event)

 

Dec. 3, 2024, 1 pm, private event


Dec. 3, 2024, 7 pm, Clarendon Hills Public Library, Christmas on State St.


Dec. 4, 2024, 9:30 am, Prospect Heights Book Review Club, TBD


Dec. 4, 2024, 1 pm, The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Midcentury Christmas


Dec. 4, 2024, 7 pm, Hinsdale Public Library, Christmas on State Street


Dec. 5, 2024, 1 pm, The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Christmas on State St


Dec. 5, 2024, 7 pm, Fountaindale Public Library, Midcentury Christmas (virtual)


Dec. 6, 2024, 1:30 pm, private event


Dec. 7, 2024, 1 pm, Elgin History Museum, Midcentury Christmas


Dec. 8, 2024, 1 p.m., Plano Library, TBD

 

Dec. 9, 2024, luncheon, private event


Dec. 9, 2024, 6 pm (7 pm Central), Wake County Public Libraries (NC), Midcentury Christmas


Dec. 10, 2024, 1 p.m., Western Springs Senior Center, TBD

 

Dec. 10, 2024, 6:30 pm, Bloomingdale Public Library, Christmas on State St (virtual)


​Dec. 11, 2024, luncheon, private event


Dec. 11, 2024, 7 pm, Bensenville Public Library, Barbie (virtual)


Dec. 12, 2024, noon, Fountaindale Public Library, Christmas at Marshall Fields


​Dec. 12, 2024, 6:30 pm, Homer Township Public Library, Christmas on State Street


Dec. 13, 2024, 1:30 pm, private event


Dec. 14, 2024, 10 am, Edgebrook Branch, Chicago Public Library, Christmas on State St


Dec. 14, 2024, 2 pm, Whiting Public Library, Midcentury Christmas


Dec. 16, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Dec. 16, 2024, 6:30 pm, Julia Hull District Library, TBD


​Dec. 17, 2024, 2 pm, private event


Dec. 17, 2024, 7 pm, Winnetka-Northfield PLD, Christmas on State Street (virtual)


Dec. 18, 2024, daytime, Frisbee Senior Center, Christmas on State St


Dec. 19, 2024, 10:30 am, private event

Dec. 19, 2024, 1 pm, private event


Dec. 20, 2024, 1 pm, private event


Jan. 13, 2025, 1:30 pm, private event


Feb. 4, 2025, 6:30 pm, Garden Club of Lake Zurich/Ela Area Public Library, Lady Bird Johnson


Feb. 5, 2025, 6:30 pm, private event


Feb. 6, 2025, 1 pm, private event


Feb. 7, 2025, 1 pm, private event


Feb. 11, 2025, 1 pm, Itasca Park District and others, Chicago Candy


Feb. 11, 2025, 6:30 pm, Lake Zurich Garden Club, Lady Bird Johnson


Feb. 12, 2025, 2 pm, Geneseo Public Library, Lilly Pulitzer


Feb. 13, 2025, 2 pm, private event


Feb. 17, 2025, 12:30 pm, private event


Feb. 18, 2025, 9:30 am, private event


Feb. 19, 2024, 1 pm, private event


Feb. 20, 2025, 10:30 am, private event


Feb. 20, 2025, 2 pm, private event


Feb. 27, 2025, 9:30 am, private event


Feb. 27, 2025, 7 pm, Indian Prairie Public Library, Lucille Ball


March 3, 2025, 1 pm, Book Friends, Elmwood Park, Lady Bird Johnson


March 5, 2025, 6:30 pm, Village of Barlett Museums, Lucille Ball


March 6-9, 2025 out of state, private event


March 11, 2025, 9:30 am, Itasca Bank and Trust Women's Initiative, Lilly Pulitzer

March 12, 2025, 7 pm, LaGrange Park Public Library and Salt Creek AAUW, TBD


March 13, 2025, luncheon, private event


March 14, 2025, 1 pm, private event


March 18, 2025, Noon, Niles Senior Center, TBD

March 20, 2025, 10:30 am, Niles-Maine Library, Lucille Ball


March 26-30, 2025, Theatre at the Center, IN, Violet Jessop


April 2, 2025, 1 pm, The East Wing, Glenview, Lucille Ball


April 5, 2025, 1 pm, private event


April 6, 2024, 1 pm, private event


April 8, 2025, 7 pm, Wheaton Public Library, Julia Child (hybrid)


April 9, 2025, 2 pm, Geneseo Public Library, Lady Bird Johnson


April 12, 2025, 1 pm, Lake County Public Library, IN, Julia Child


​April 16, 2025, 10:30 am and 2 pm, private event


​April 22, 2025, 10 am, private event


April 24-27, 2025, out of state, private event


​April 26, 2025, 1 pm, Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Lucille Ball


April 30, 2025, 1 pm, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Kentucky Derby


May 3, 2025, 11:30 am, private event


May 5, 2025, noon, private event


May 6, 2025, 10:15 am, private event


May 8-12, 2025, not available, on vacation


May 14, 2025, 1 pm, private event


May 15, 2025, noon, private event

May 15, 2025, 7 pm, Indian Prairie Public Library, Florida Vacation


May 27, 2025, 9:30 am, private event


May 29, 2025, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Lucille Ball


June 2, 2025, 1 pm, Book Friends, Elmwood Park, Julia Child


June 6-15, 2025, out of state, Greenville SC Chautauqua


June 16, 2025, 1 pm, private event


June 20, 2025, private event


July 14-19, 2025, out of state, Ashland OH Chautauqua


July 22, 2025, noon, Niles Senior Center, TBD


August 21, 2025, 1 pm, private event


August 21, 2025, 7 pm, Indian Prairie Public Library, Eleanor Roosevelt


​Sept. 17, 2025, 2 pm, Geneseo Public Library, Little Black Dress


Sept. 18, 2025, 7 pm, Brookfield WI Public Library, Eleanor Roosevelt


Nov. 4, 2025, noon, Niles Senior Center, TBD


Nov. 20, 2025, 7 pm, Indian Prairie Public Library, Christmas on State Street


Dec. 7, 2025,  afternoon, Addison Historical Society at Addison IL VFW Hall, It's a Wonderful Life