Mamie Eisenhower was America’s beloved First Lady from 1953 to 1961. She was also an Army wife, mother and grandmother. She even inspired her own color, Mamie Pink!
Mamie will be portrayed in a living history program, “Mamie Eisenhower: The Hostess in Chief,” on Monday, Sept. 10 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.
Ellie Carlson of Chicago will portray Mamie. Ellie is a museum curator with 30 years of experience in small to mid-sized museums and a first-person interpreter portraying several women form the 19th and 20th centuries. Carlson has a B.A. from Roosevelt University and a Masters of Historical Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas.
Ellie’s portrayal of Mamie will show how she relates her life as Ike’s wife, our First Lady and “just a good friend,” which is how she most wanted to be remembered. Learn from Mamie about living in Panama and the Philippines between the World Wars and about her loving relationship with Ike, which weathered horrible rumors and long separations.
Mamie didn’t really cook, but she did make some amazing fudge which Ellie also makes and will bring to share.
Farm Bureau members are welcome to attend this living history program on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Theater. Before the program, Prime Timers will enjoy lunch in the auditorium. Lunch fee is $7, payable in advance by Sept 4. Prime Timers is open to Farm Bureau members 55+ years.