Helen Herron Taft: A Millennial First Lady of Another Millennium

Matthew Gilmore Discussion

White House Historical Association

Helen Herron Taft: A Millennial First Lady of Another Millennium


Helen Herron Taft: A Millennial First Lady of Another Millennium

Date & Time

Jun 8, 2023 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Could a First Lady of the United States from more than 100 years ago influence today’s generation? Helen Taft’s great granddaughter (and millennial) Patricia Taft seeks to prove just that. Helen became first lady in 1909, yet her trailblazing practices, tactics, and policies remain directly applicable to today’s historical, cultural, and political climates. From landscape diplomacy and advances on behalf of women and people of color, to gambling, entertaining, and endeavors as an expert of public relations and spousal political advisory, please join us for our virtual History Happy Hour on Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 pm in conversation focused on how Helen Taft was a First Lady of another time, before her time. We hope to see you there!



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    Patricia Taft

    Interior Designer

    Patricia Taft is an interior designer turned political and popular culture aficionado and pundit. Born into the Taft Political Dynasty, Patricia is the great granddaughter of 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of United States, William Howard Taft, and granddaughter of esteemed Senior Senator, Robert A. Taft Sr., affectionately referred to as Mr. Republican. As a member of the Board of Directors for National First Ladies, Patricia holds immense passion for maintaining the important legacy of American First Ladies, such as her great grandmother, Hellen Herron Taft. Annually, she looks forward to celebrating her great grandmother’s legacy and critical role in bringing Washington D.C.’s many Cherry Blossom Trees into fruition through the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Patricia currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, daughter, and French Bulldog, Pascal, where she is currently launching her podcast on all things politics, popular culture, and geriatric millennial in between.

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    Dave Levinthal

    Editor-In-Chief·Raw Story

    Based in Washington, D.C., Dave leads Raw Story's newsroom as editor-in-chief and oversees its investigations and enterprise reporting. Dave's work as an editor and reporter won numerous honors, including the Goldsmith Prize, Edward R. Murrow Award, National Headliner Award, National Press Club's Arthur E. Rowse Award for excellence in news media reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine Award, EPPY Award and Radio Television Digital News Association Kaleidoscope Award. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, Time Magazine, the Daily Beast and Slate. Dave also regularly provides political analysis on news outlets such as NPR, MSNBC, the BBC, and CBC. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dave graduated with degrees in newspaper journalism and political philosophy from Syracuse University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Orange.