To help stop the spread of COVID-19 in New York City, New-York Historical is temporarily closed to the public through the end of the month. So take this time to dip into our our vast collection of audio recordings from past Public Programs and listen to a couple of fascinating talks about two memorable First Ladies from the Revolutionary Era who helped define the role of women in early America.
Dolley Madison and the White House
April 26, 2017
Dolley Madison left an indelible stamp on the American presidency and revolutionized the role of First Lady. Historian Carol Berkin and journalist Cokie Roberts reveal her story.
John and Abigail Adams
March 8, 2016
In a time when patriarchal tradition dictated that women were inferior to their husbands, John and Abigail Adams defied convention with their marriage based on mutual respect, friendship, and love. Our expert panel provides compelling insight into the unique 18th-century couple in a discussion of the numerous letters the Adamses exchanged over years of separation.
Image: Gilbert Stuart’s 1804 portrait of Dolley Madison (White House Historical Association)