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  • World War IEra German Hunger
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    World War I-Era German Hunger

    Mary Elisabeth Cox documented the depth of hunger among German women and children between 1914 and 1924. This talk was from a day-long conference at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch,…

  • Herbert Hoovers World War I Relief Work
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    Herbert Hoover's World War I Relief Work

    Herbert Hoover’s biographer George Nash recalled his World War I relief work, which saved the lives of millions caught up in the war and its aftermath -- and which set the stage for his White…

  • Herbert Hoover FDR and World War II Relief Aid
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    Herbert Hoover, FDR, and World War II Relief Aid

    This program was part of a conference on Herbert Hoover’s humanitarian efforts during the two world wars. Hal Elliott Wert, a Kansas City Art Institute professor emeritus, talked about the…

  • Herbert Hoover and Aid to FamineStricken Russia
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    Herbert Hoover and Aid to Famine-Stricken Russia

    Stanford University historian Bertrand Patenaude talked about Herbert Hoover and aid to famine-stricken Soviet Russia from 1921 to 1922. This program at the Hoover presidential library in West…

  • Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren
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    Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren

    This November is the 275th anniversary of Abigail Adams' birth. Her biographer Edith Gelles talked about the social and political relationship between Adams and her friend, the poet and…

  • George HW Bush
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    George H.W. Bush

    Former President George H.W. Bush’s longtime chief of staff talked about the man she knew. Jean Becker worked for Mr. Bush starting shortly after he left the White House and up until his…

  • Secret Presidential Recordings
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    Secret Presidential Recordings

    Historians analyzed the secret White House tapes of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. This was an inside look into how presidents conducted their day-to-day…

  • Dwight D Eisenhower as a Leader
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    Dwight D. Eisenhower as a Leader

    Louis Galambos, editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, talked about the evolution of Ike’s leadership style from a West Point cadet to president of the United States. The Kansas…

  • Secret Service Protection
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    Secret Service Protection

    Former Secret Service agents talked about protecting the first family and the challenges they faced. Speakers included Larry Buendorf, who prevented a 1975 assassination attempt on…

  • James K Polk Ancestry Politics and Policies
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    James K. Polk Ancestry, Politics, and Policies

    James K. Polk scholars talked about his ancestry, politics and policies. This panel was part of a two-day conference marking the completion of the 60-year project to assemble and edit…

  • James K Polks Politics and Times
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    James K. Polk's Politics and Times

    This program featured five views of President James K. Polk’s politics and times, from his relationship with predecessor Martin Van Buren to his role as a wartime chief executive. This panel was…

  • Remembering Richard Nixon
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    Remembering Richard Nixon

    Former California Governor Pete Wilson remembered Richard Nixon on the 25th anniversary of his funeral. He was one of four eulogists. He was interviewed by former Nixon Administration…

  • Watergate Judicial and Prosecutorial Conduct
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    Watergate Judicial and Prosecutorial Conduct

    Geoff Shepard was principal deputy to President Nixon’s lead defense lawyer. He made the case for what he says was judicial and prosecutorial abuse in the Watergate scandal that ended Mr. Nixon’s presidency.…

  • Richard Nixons Life and Career
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    Richard Nixon's Life and Career

    John Farrell talked about the influence of Richard Nixon’s early life and career on his presidency, and how the two, he argues, ultimately led to his downfall. Mr. Farrell is the author of…

  • White House Gardens
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    White House Gardens

    A panel discussed how presidents and first ladies developed and used the White House gardens during their administrations. This program was part of a day-long symposium hosted by the White…

  • Bunny Mellons Legacy
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    Bunny Mellon's Legacy

    This program was about Kennedy White House Rose Garden designer Bunny Mellon, and her friendship with first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. It was part of a day-long symposium hosted by the White…

  • Beatrix Farrands Legacy
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    Beatrix Farrand's Legacy

    This discussion was about White House landscape architect Beatrix Farrand -- her interest in botany, her college campus projects, and her White House garden designs. It was part of a…

  • White House History
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    White House History

    White House Historical Association historians Matthew Costello and Lindsay Chervinsky talked about their jobs, and the history and preservation of the executive mansion.

  • History of Impeachment
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    History of Impeachment

    The co-authors of Impeachment: An American History talked about the only three presidential impeachment proceedings ever conducted: those involving Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill…

  • Camp David
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    Camp David

    Camp David insiders offered their recollections of the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president who used the hideaway, and he set the…

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