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Southeast District meeting includes history symposium

2017 March 21

All members of the Southeast District are invited to participate in a special History Symposium on Saturday, April 1, in Chillicothe. 

Our five branch presidents are enthusiastically encouraged to attend and to bring along three or more of their branch members to this special event.  To entice you, all branch presidents may attend for just $10 (the cost of lunch), and will receive a cash refund of $20 for their registration fee by our event fund.  The members you bring along will pay the full Symposium fee of $30, but will be entered into a Southeast District prize drawing for a basket of restaurant gift cards.

During the lunch break, you and all attending Southeast District members will meet to share Branch successes and ideas for engaging new members. Our District is the smallest of the State’s five and we currently represent 16% of statewide membership.  Let’s see how we can grow.

After the Symposium, all of you are invited to take free tours of the Ross County Historical Museum and the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center, which are within walking distance of each other. 


Location:  The Ross County Historical Society, 45 W. Fifth Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601, (740) 772-1936.

Chillicothe, Ohio is a history-rich town, having served as Ohio’s first capital and home to many historically significant and influential people. In collaboration with Ohio University, the Ross County Historical Society will host a symposium on the First Ladies of the United States.

Date & Time:     Saturday, April 1, 2017   *   8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


This symposium is part of History on the Move, a program of the History Department at Ohio University.

“Lemonade Lucy, Her Predecessors, and Her Successors”

Presenter: Dr. Katherine Jellison is Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, where she teaches courses on U.S. women’s and gender history. Her publications include Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993) and It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2008), both of which include “guest appearances” by a few first ladies. She frequently appears in print and on television and radio as a commentator on first ladies and their role in U.S. politics and history.

“A person in her own right [and] a charming woman: Image-making in Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House”

Presenter: Dr. Karen Dunak is Associate Professor of History at Muskingum University, where she teaches a variety of classes on modern U.S. history and topics related to women, gender and sexuality, and cultural history. She is the author of As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America (NYU Press, 2013) and a contributing author of Of the People, a textbook survey of U.S. history published by Oxford University Press. She currently is working on a project examining the relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and American media.

“Who Elected Her?”

Presenter: Eryn Kane is a History Ph.D. candidate at Ohio University. Her research focuses on postwar American gender norms and the role of the first lady. Her article, “Mrs. President?,” was published in Wiley Blackwell’s A Companion to Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (2016), and she has advised the U.S. National Park Service in the renovation of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Ga.


The $30 registration fee includes a box lunch from Panera Bread.

Pre-registration is required. 

To complete the registration process, please use the link at   

Special Bonus:  Participants may tour the Ross County Heritage Center and the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center for FREE following the symposium. Spend the day in Beautiful Chillicothe!  Enjoy dinner, too, in one of our locally owned downtown restaurants before returning home.

I will be delighted to spend the day with you when you attend the Symposium.  Call me with any questions.  Register soon. 

Maryjo Flamm-Miller
Southeast District Coordinator 

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