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1/16/2024 - President Who? Lesser-Known Presidents in American History on February 15, 2024

On Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 2-3:30pm on Zoom and streamed to the Kingsley Room, join us for a virtual program and learn about some of the lesser-known presidents in American history.

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy. These are familiar names to most Americans. But have you heard of Millard Fillmore, Chester A. Arthur, or Benjamin Harrison? Join us as we explore these and other lesser-known Presidents. We will discuss who these men were, how they became President, and what they did once they had achieved that office. We will also touch on their wives, families, and life after the Presidency.

Historian Valerie Gugala has been studying Abraham and Mary Lincoln for as long as she can remember. Her interest in the Lincolns led her to an interest in the Presidents, First Ladies, and their families. She and her husband have traveled to many Presidential Libraries across the country, and they aim to visit all of them in the next few years. Over the last 25 years, Valerie has spoken at libraries, schools, churches, senior groups, and park districts throughout the country. She loves to share her knowledge of and enthusiasm for our country’s history with audiences.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this program is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Library. Registration is required. Zoom invitation links will be sent via email on the day of the program. Please visit the link below for more information and to register.

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