KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Descendants of three former United States presidents are to share memories and insights about their “first lady” forebears during a presentation at Key West’s Harry S. Truman Little White House, Florida’s only presidential museum.
The unique event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, on the west lawn of the 111 Front St. residence where former President Truman spent 11 working vacations during his 1945-1953 administration.
Scheduled presenters include Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel, Herbert Hoover’s great-granddaughter Margaret Hoover and Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.
In a panel discussion moderated by CNN commentator John Avlon, the three presidential descendants are to share rare personal glimpses of America’s former first ladies as mothers and grandmothers. They also plan to explore presidential wives’ role on the campaign trail.
Following the outdoor presentation, Hoover and Daniel are to host a 6 p.m. fundraising cocktail party in the living room of the Little White House. Attendees can enjoy the authentic 1949 atmosphere of Truman’s former retreat, view his piano and poker table, order a cocktail from the president’s bar and mingle with the afternoon’s presenters in an intimate setting.
Proceeds benefit the restoration fund of the not-for-profit Key West Harry S Truman Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and protect the Little White House State Heritage Landmark. As well as being Truman’s working presidential headquarters, the house also has hosted former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Tickets are priced at $60 per person for admission to the presentation and cocktail party. They are available at www.keystix.com or at the Little White House.
Event information: www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com or 305-294-9911
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY