2019 Lecture Series: If You Ask Me

Eleanor Roosevelt is much beloved here in Greenbelt and many are well versed in her activities and life, but did you know that in addition to her My Day column, she wrote an advice column in the Ladies Home Journal beginning in 1941?

Historian Mary Jo Binker, author of the new book is If You Ask Me: Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, joined us for a lecture and book signing on January 17. The book delves into the advice Eleanor offered covering everything from marriage and religion to popular culture and politics. Ms. Binker is uniquely qualified to write about Mrs. Roosevelt as she is the Author and Consulting Editor at The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at The George Washington University, as well as an adjunct professor in the History Department at George Mason University.

Binker gave an engaging presentation with excerpts from the book showcasing Roosevelt's insight, thoughtfulness and wit.

This event was free and sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and the City of Greenbelt.

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