First Lady Helen Taft
Lewis Gould and Jane Hampton Cook talked about the life and influence of first lady Helen “Nellie” Taft and responded to… read more
Lewis Gould and Jane Hampton Cook talked about the life and influence of first lady Helen “Nellie” Taft and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Mrs. Taft’s efforts to make Washington a cultural capital, especially in the area of music, were hampered by a stroke she suffered shortly after the inauguration. She still had a number of “firsts,” including riding with her husband to the White House after the inauguration and publishing an autobiography.
In video clips Ray Henderson showed various artifacts at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ann McClellan told how Mrs. Taft was responsible for the cherry trees in Washington, D.C.; Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of The First Ladies at the Smithsonian exhibition, showed the inaugural gown with which Mrs. Taft started the tradition of first ladies donating inaugural gowns to the museum.
This was the 18th episode in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Jane Hampton Cook Author
- Lewis L. Gould Professor Emeritus University of Texas at Austin->History Department
- Lisa Kathleen Graddy Deputy Chair and Curator National Museum of American History->Division of Political History
- Ray Henderson Superintendent William Howard Taft National Historic Site
- Ann McClellan Author
- Susan Swain Host C-SPAN
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