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Anita McBride, a longtime White House adviser, has taken the series to presidential libraries across the country. Photo by David Valdez

September 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush were joined by historians, former staff members, and White House-insiders for a unique conference held at the National Archives on September 16, 2016. Entitled "America's First Ladies: In Service to Our Nation", the event was organized by American University School of Public Affairs in partnership with the American University Library, the White House Historical Association, Joining Forces, the George W. Bush Institute and the National Archives and Records Administration. Watch online and view photos:

April 2013

Former first ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, to participate in a luncheon discussion with Archivist of the United States David Ferriero. The half-day conference commemorated Betty Ford's 95th birthday and kicked off centennial celebrations for President Gerald Ford. Participants included presidential historians and former first children Susan Ford Bales and Steve Ford, who shared intimate accounts of public life and private moments in the White House.
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First Ladies Betty Ford Barbara Bush and Laura Bush

November 2012

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum at the University of Texas-Austin hosted the final stop in Texas for the First Ladies Conference Series. This conference featured historians, former advisers to first ladies and presidents, a veteran White House photographer, leaders from the LBJ and American University libraries, and former first ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, who offered personal reflections of Lady Bird Johnson on the eve of her centennial. The panelists offered their perspectives on the legacies of these important women and family life in the White House.
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March 2012

The George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas hosted the second conference in Texas of the First Ladies Series. Presidents of SMU and American University opened the conference, which included presidential historians, social secretaries and presidential advisers, White House photographers, national media correspondents, President George W. Bush, and former first ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. They provided a wide-ranging overview of the vital role these women have played in American history.
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November 2011

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University became the first stop "on the road" to welcome the Legacies of America's First Ladies Conference Series. Texas, the only state with three presidential libraries and two living first ladies, provided the perfect location to partner with the National Archives' Presidential Libraries. Presidential historians, several former senior advisers to first ladies, and former first ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush discussed this unique position and offered a behind-the-scenes look of work in the East Wing and life in the White House residence.
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March 2011

This conference, hosted at American University, launched a national dialogue in partnership with the National Archives, presidential libraries, and academic institutions. Conference participants included renowned historians, former presidential advisers, First Lady chiefs of staff, and veteran members of the White House press corps. They delivered an inside look at first ladies throughout our history and the impact they have had on politics, policy, and global diplomacy.
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