Local author to give lecture on America’s first first ladies

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Local author knows First Lady history
Local author Feather Schwartz Foster has spoken about First Ladies at historical societies, libraries and private groups and on NPR and C-SPAN. (Photo courtesy Feather Schwartz Foster)

All eyes will be on the nation’s capital in January for the inaugural festivities.

But there’s no need to wait until then to brush up on the history of the White House and some of its celebrated occupants.

During a free lecture at the James City County Library, local author Feather Schwartz Foster will share behind-the-scenes stories about several of the women who helped shape the office now known as FLOTUS, which stands for First Lady of the United States: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and Dolley Madison.

Foster’s one-hour talk will take place on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

“While so many of us know everything we need to know about the modern First Ladies, the ‘old gals’ like Martha, Abigail and Dolley are overlooked,” Foster said in a release. “They were wonderful women, with fine qualities that helped put the presidency, not to mention the First Lady role, on the map!”

Foster is the author of three books about first ladies. Her most recent release is titled “Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas and Other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet.”

“My entire purpose is to engage an audience,” she said. “Too often, history is so focused on the boring stuff, and the only purpose that seems to serve is to make people hate history.”