It is 1937 and Amelia Earhart is already internationally renowned for such achievements as being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane (1928) and the first woman to pilot herself across the Atlantic by plane (1932). Now she is attempting a flight around the world.

Julia Child


Goddard

Amelia Earhart

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Meet the legendary cookbook author, television star and champion of French cooking in this portrayal as she discusses everything from her relationship with her husband Paul Child to the mishaps of cooking on television. Bon Appetit!

Portrayals

available for 2022

Titanic Survivor Violet Jessop

The stewardess who survived the sinking of both the Titanic and her sister ship Britannic


Jacqueline Kennedy

Former First Lady, mother and champion of the arts and historic preservation

 

Civil War Nurse Clara Barton

The first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield

 

Rachel Carson

The environmental writer, marine biologist and author of Silent Spring (1962)

 

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy

An imagined meeting at the Smithsonian Museum's First Ladies exhibition, Mrs. Lincoln (portrayed by Laura Keyes) and Mrs. Kennedy (portrayed by Leslie Goddard) remember life in the White House, the role of First Lady, and the challenges of facing life after their husbands' deaths. [NOTE: The program fee and mileage rates are higher for this program since two presenters are involved.]

Queen Elizabeth II

How did Eleanor Roosevelt grow from a shy orphan into a confident, driven champion of human rights? Meet America's longest serving First Lady in this program, set in 1946, as she grapples with the question of what do with her life after the White House.

Leslie

Requirements for any living-history portrayal program:

NEW! Debuts August 2022

Virtual-only:

Georgia O'Keeffe

In this imagined meeting with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, set in 1992, you'll meet Britain's famous monarch as she discusses her life and her struggle to balance her roles as queen and mother. 

One of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century, Georgia O'Keeffe is renowned for her brilliant paintings of flowers and the landscape around her homes in New Mexico. Set in 1946 at her home in New Mexico, You'll meet O'Keeffe at her home in New Mexico in 1946.

  • Open space of about 7 X 10 feet (or so) for performing
  • Microphone (lapel preferred), if you think it's needed or desirable

The First Ladies Forum is a collaboration between four experienced historical interpreters who bring to life four different First Ladies: Dolley Madison, Louisa Catherine Adams, Mary Lincoln and Jacqueline Kennedy. You can book us for four separate virtual events, each with live Q and A.