Talk examines First Lady Lucy Hayes’ college essays, thoughts on politics, religion

First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes is often remembered mostly as the woman who helped to keep alcohol out of the White House during her husband’s administration.

Yet, a study of the essays she wrote in college shows a woman who was highly in tune with the happenings of the world around her with respect to politics and religion.

Josi Leib, student at Ohio Northern University, will discuss how these essays give insight into the woman who would later refer to the political career of her husband as “our political career” during an online talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

This talk will be online only and accessible through Go To Meeting. Admission is free. To join the live, digital presentation, join from your computer, tablet or smartphone here: You can also dial in using your phone at (646) 749-3122 with access code: 399-864-245.

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First Lady Lucy Hayes was the first first lady to have a college degree. She attended the Wesleyan Female College, , which no longer exists, in Cincinnati.

Lieb completed an independent study on Hayes’ essays and will share her findings during this talk.

Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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