Press Release            Event Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

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"Lesser-Known First Ladies - 1865 to 1892:  From the Farms to the Factories - The Age of Invention and Industry"



On Monday, April 8, the NM Historical Society will again welcome Cindy Thies with another episode on Lesser-Known First Ladies. The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m.  It is open to the public at no cost.

The 35-minute video focuses on three lesser-known first ladies who served the nation in the aftermath of the Civil War.  A cast of volunteers is featured, including: on-camera actors in period attire, voiceovers, and a vocalist.  The movie was filmed at The History Center in downtown Fort Wayne and at the Lincoln Library located in the main branch of the Allen County Public Library.

Who were these women?  What were some of the key challenges and changes facing the nation during their years in the White House?  The country puts down its muskets, but the country that goes into the Civil War will not be the same country to come out of it. The video and host, Thies, will go into detail on why and how these women are so significant.

The 3-part educational video series was created, written, and produced by Thies.  She now shares the completed series electronically and makes presentations to many area organizations. The program will elaborate on the relationship between the First Lady’s and their President husbands. Although these women are less prominent, they lived lives that were interesting and full.

Thies is a life-long resident of Allen County, Indiana.  She is a retired elementary teacher and principal.  Thies also taught at IPFW and supervised student teachers.  In retirement, she is giving voice to historic lives and is excited to bring these lesser-known, but by no means less important, stories to the silver screen. Cindy and her husband reside in southwest Fort Wayne.

All are welcome for this unique program, and you are sure to learn something new.