From Thursday, November 20 until Sunday November 23, 2014, the National First Ladies Library Blog is running a four-part series pegged to the upcoming holiday, “Thanksgiving and Mid-Century Modern First Ladies.” Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon presided over that boom era when everything from packaged ingredients to advertising recipes, two foreign wars, assassination, scandal, protests, energy crisis and rock music affected how these four national role models celebrated one national holiday.
A previously untold story now available exclusively on the NFLL website, new research converges to tell the compelling Thanksgiving tales of this famous quartette, from the humorous to the poignant, all of it lavishly illustrated with fresh visual imagery:
-Why is Pumpkin Pie now part of Mamie Eisenhower’s legacy?
-How did Thanksgiving become both the saddest and happiest time for Jackie Kennedy Onassis?
-Why did Pat Nixon invite a teen rock group to perform at her second White House Thanksgiving?