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Former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush Speak at LBJ Presidential Library

Former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush will be joined by First Family members, former staff members, historians, and White House insiders at The Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies, a conference November 15, 2012, at the LBJ Presidential Library.

Throughout our nation’s history, First Ladies of the United States have played an influential role in American politics, domestic policy, and global diplomacy. From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, the women who shared this unique experience have served alongside our Presidents as policy advisers, diplomats, hostesses, and national role models. They have helped shape societal attitudes and have used their platform to advocate for important initiatives and policies affecting our country and people around the world.

The Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies is the final in a series of three conferences that have been offered over the last year by the three Texas presidential libraries – LBJ Presidential Library, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum –  presented in partnership with American University and the White House Historical Association.  The conferences are organized by Anita McBride, Executive in Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University and former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush.

For the first time in the series of conferences, children of Presidents and First Ladies will share their views about life in the White House.  The LBJ Presidential Library is pleased to host this conference as it honors the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson as we approach the centennial of her birth later this year.

All afternoon sessions are free and open to the public and will be held in the LBJ Auditorium located in the LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78705. Click here for a map. Guests are required to register online.

Conference Agenda

1:30 – 1:35 p.m.

Mark K. Updegrove
, Director, LBJ Presidential Library
Nancy Davenport
, Interim University Librarian, American University

1:35 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel One: First Ladies Through American History

Historians and former First Lady staff will review the lives and legacies of our most prominent First Ladies and reflect on how the position has evolved through the years.

Introduction: Alan Lowe, Director, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Moderator:  Dee Dee Myers, former Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton


Allida Black, Historian and Director, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers
Lisa Caputo, former Press Secretary to First Lady Hillary Clinton
Anita McBride, Conference Chair and former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush
Richard Norton Smith, Historian and Author

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Special Presentation: First Ladies: A Photographer’s View

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly will share some of his iconic images of First Ladies over more than 40 years.

Introduction: Neil W. Horstman, President of the White House Historical Association

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Panel Two: First Ladies – A Family View

Children of Presidents and First Ladies will share their view of life in the White House.

Introduction: Warren Finch, Director, George Bush Presidential Library

Moderator: Jean Becker, Chief of Staff for former President George H. W. Bush and former Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Barbara Bush


Barbara Bush
Jenna Bush Hager
Steve Ford
Lynda Johnson Robb

Guests will be asked to leave the Auditorium at the conclusion of the second afternoon panel in order to prepare for the evening event.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A Moderated Conversation: Reflections of First Ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. 

Only members of the Friends of the LBJ Library are invited to attend the evening session, Reflections of First Ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. The program is not open to the general public.

Introduction: Anita McBride, Conference Chair and former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush

Moderator: Mark K. Updegrove, Director, LBJ Presidential Library


First Lady Barbara Bush
First Lady Laura Bush

For more information or to see bios for each conference participant, please visit

Free parking is available in the LBJ Library visitors’ lot (#38) for conference attendees. Please tell the parking attendant on duty that you are attending the First Ladies conference at the LBJ Library. Click here for a map.  The adjacent lots are by University permit only; you may not park in lots #37 or #39 for the conference.

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