March 3, 2005 Gerard Gawalt to Discuss His Book About Presidential Letters on March 30

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Library of Congress manuscript historian Gerard Gawalt will discuss his new book, “My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives,” at the Library at noon on Thursday, March 30, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

A book signing will follow the presentation, which is part of the Books & Beyond author series sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Library’s Manuscript Division is co-sponsoring the event. The program is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Published by the Library of Congress in association with Black Dog & Leventhal, this compelling anthology draws upon the Library’s vast collections of presidential papers to open a unique window into the special husband-wife relationships of our first families. Through 184 letters, telegrams and cables, “My Dear President” offers an intimate look into the private lives of American presidents and their wives—from George and Martha Washington to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton—during courtship and marriage, in times of joy and times of sorrow, in wartime and in peace.

Gerard Gawalt is a historian and curator of presidential papers in the Library’s Manuscript Division. His books include “The Declaration of Independence: The Evolution of the Text” (1999), “Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty” (2000) and “First Daughters: Letters Between U.S. Presidents and Their Daughters” (2004).

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PR 06-051
ISSN 0731-3527