“I have pressed as many Cabinet papers into trunks as to fill one carriage; our private property must be sacrificed, as it is impossible to procure wagons for its transportation.” During the War of 1812, these were the words Dolley Madison wrote to her sister as she prepared to flee from the invading British enemy.
On Thursday evening, September 26 at 7 p.m. at the conference center in Fort Trumbull State Park, Carolyn Ivanoff will portray Dolley, relating some of her brave deeds and significant accomplishments. Carolyn was named Preservationist Teacher of the Year in 2003. The talk is open to the public without charge.
Since Dolley successfully saved many official documents, White House furnishings, and the revered portrait of George Washington, she is often referred to as “The Heroine of the War of 1812.”
Dolley was the first of the presidential wives to forge a highly public role for herself. Through her entertaining and vivacious personality, she strove to serve he people of the United States. She believed that the citizenry was her constituency as well as her husband’s.
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