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First Ladies Symposium

The Ross County Heritage Center operated by the Ross County Historical Society

The First Ladies Symposium is part of History on the Move, a program of the History Department at Ohio University.

The Presenters

Lemonade Lucy, Her Predecessors, and Her Successors

Dr. Katherine Jellison is Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, where she teaches courses on U.S. women’s and gender history. Her publications include Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993) and It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2008), both of which include “guest appearances” by a few first ladies. She frequently appears in print and on television and radio as a commentator on first ladies and their role in U.S. politics and history.

A person in her own right [and] a charming woman: Image Making in Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House

Dr. Karen Dunak is Associate Professor of History at Muskingum University, where she teaches a variety of classes on modern U.S. history and topics related to women, gender and sexuality, and cultural history. She is the author of As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America (NYU Press, 2013) and a contributing author of Of the People, a textbook survey of U.S. history published by Oxford University Press. She currently is working on a project examining the relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and American media.

Who Elected Her?

Eryn Kane is a History Ph.D. candidate at Ohio University. Her research focuses on postwar American gender norms and the role of the first lady. Her article, "Mrs. President?," was published in Wiley Blackwell's A Companion to Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (2016), and she has advised the U.S. National Park Service in the renovation of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Ga.

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