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

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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First Lady Helen Taft

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314525-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Call-In
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 16, 2013
Last Aired:
Dec 17, 2013

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  • Sep 16, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 17, 2013 | 12:00am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 21, 2013 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Sep 21, 2013 | 7:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 17, 2013 | 9:00pm EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 17, 2013 | 9:01pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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