The Kenilworth Historical Society’s Sat., April 28 ‘Tea With America’s First Ladies’ will feature Cormac O’Brien, author of “Secret Lives of the First Ladies: Strange Stories and Shocking Trivia from Inside the White House,” who will present an enlightening, entertaining program highlighting many of America’s extraordinary first ladies (from 1789 to date) and relating their unique and oftentimes private ways of adapting to and fulfilling the demands and expectations of their position.
The Tea will begin at noon at the Kenilworth Gospel Chapel hall, 557 Newark Avenue, Kenilworth, where the ambience of a lovely tearoom, creatively accented with first lady decor, is being created for the event. An array of assorted teas, tea sandwiches, scones and desserts will be served. The event also will feature a gift auction and door prizes. Copies of “Secret Lives of the First Ladies” will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Admission is $30. Advance reservations (by April 18) are requested, as seating is limited. For reservations/tickets, please call 908-709-0434 or visit Especially Yours Florist at 13 North 20th Street, Kenilworth.
Proceeds from the April 28 Tea and Gift Auction will benefit the Kenilworth Historical Society’s Oswald J. Nitschke House (c. 1880) “living history” museum and cultural arts center by helping defray the cost of an elevator that makes all levels of the site fully accessible to everyone.
As a prominent author, O’Brien brings a distinctive voice to the history genre. He has published books on a variety of subjects ranging from natural disasters to U.S. presidents, from ancient empires to the American Civil War. In addition to “Secret Lives of the First Ladies,” O’Brien has authored “Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents” and “Secret Lives of the Civil War.”
A native of western New York state who now resides in New Jersey, O’Brien has made appearances on NPR, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, The History Channel and a number of other venues.
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