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Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
  • Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

At the same time as the women’s rights convention was taking place in 1848, First lady Sarah Childress Polk was wielding influence unprecedented for a woman. History remembers those women at the convention, but it has all but forgotten Sarah Polk. With her latest book, Lady First, professor Amy S. Greenberg brings her story into vivid focus as a remarkably influential First Lady, brilliant master of the art of high politics, and her complicated but essential part in American feminism.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

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