Encounters with History - The First Lady’s Hidden Hand: Mamie Eisenhower’s Approach to 1950s Politics with Dr. Stefanie Basalik


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Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
(717) 339-2150
Region: Dutch Country Roads
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Admission fee: Members $25; Non-members $35

Mamie Doud Eisenhower was First Lady from 1953-1961. Like many first ladies, Mamie took her job as the nation's hostess seriously. What sets her apart from other contemporary First Ladies was subtle use of political strategy as a way to support her husband. Manie worked behind the scenes to create a comfortable home for Dwight D. Eisenhower from the beginning of their marriage in 1916 to his death in 1969. Join Dr. Basalik to learn about how Mamie's marriage, her relationship with her grandchildren, her interactions with staff, and her influence on consumerism demonstrated her knack for the same hidden-hand approach to governing as her husband, General Eisenhower. This program will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Ford Room at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and will end at approximately 10:30. Breakfast will be available for participants. If you are a Friend, please Login to take advantage of member pricing.

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