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    Role of the First Lady

    White House social secretaries who worked in the Johnson, Ford, Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations talked about various national programs promoted by first ladies, including Lady Bird…

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    Tribute to Lady Bird Johnson

    Lady Bird Johnson is remembered on the 100th anniversary of her birth. Her daughter, Lynda Robb Johnson, and others talk about Lady Bird’s life, achievements and…

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    Behind the Scenes in the East Wing: Social Secretaries to First Ladies

    Social secretaries working for American first ladies help set the tone of presidential administrations. Bess Abell, Catherine Fenton and Laurie Firestone served first ladies from Lady…

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    Remembering LBJ

    Participants talked about President Johnson’s place in history and the major events of his administration. Among the topics addressed were his interest in the poor and…

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    U.S.-Mexico State Dinner

    Ms. Burt and Ms. Abel talked about their experiences hosting and directing state dinners at the White House. Ms. Stock also talked about the preparations for this state…

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    Reminiscences of a Democratic Volunteer

    Lady Bird Johnson reflects on her life as a Democrat on the 25th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration. She spoke about the environmental work she had done since leaving…

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