Elgin History Museum Hosts Aug. 23 Zoom Book Talk With Author of 'Madam President'

Elgin History Museum Hosts Aug. 23 Zoom Book Talk With Author of ‘Madam President’

The Elgin History Museum is hosting a Sunday afternoon Zoom event that will take you into the fascinating story of the secret presidency of Edith Wilson.

The Zoom event takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.

After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office.

Edith Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years. Yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, she dedicated herself to managing the office of the president, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband.

Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time — one senator called her “the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man” — her legacy as “First Woman President” is now largely forgotten.

William Hazelgrove’s Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting president of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.

Register here for Zoom link: https://elginhistory.org/event/2pm-zoom-book-talk-with-author-of-madam-president-william-hazelgrove/

If you have any questions about this event, please email museum@elginhistory.org.

SOURCE: Elgin History Museum news release