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Dolley and Martha (American Presidents Blog)

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The third episode covered Martha Jefferson and Dolley Madison. I saw they had Martha J. listed and I was wondering what they were going to talk about for 90 minutes, so I think putting her with Dolley (given Dolley often did hostessing for Jefferson) was a good idea.  I would have liked a little more on her and her daughters (who also did hostessing duty for Jefferson) than they had though. This was really all Dolley with 5 minutes on Martha J.  I think they could have spent more time on her life as well as her daughter's and how ...

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Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery by Karen Hess (American Presidents Blog)

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I saw this book and was interested because I like cooking and I like Martha Washington. The issue here is that this really has nothing to do with Martha. This is an excellent book for looking at early American cooking, but really has nothing to offer on Martha herself. All this is a copy of a book Martha owned, but as the introduction stated, this book was probably “dated” to Martha and more of a family heirloom than a working cook book by Martha’s time. If you are interested in early American culinary studies, this is an excellent book, but ...

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Happy Birthday, Martha! (American Presidents Blog)

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Today (June 2nd) was Martha Washington's birthday, so I thought I'd share a resource on her in honor of that. Here is the section on her pre-Presidency social role:
Role of Hostess

In the Chesapeake region during the mid-eighteenth century, there were no large cities and few towns of any significant size. Much of the colony’s social life occurred in people’s homes, whether they were one-room shacks or magnificent mansions.

From the time she arrived, Martha was responsible for social life at Mount Vernon. Guests often came unannounced, without having been formally invited. Strangers often arrived bearing letters of ...

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Old Letter From Martha Washington Turns Up….in Kansas (American Revolution & Founding Era)

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The people of Concordia, Kansas have something rather extraordinary to talk about. It seems a letter penned by the First Lady, as in the very first First Lady, has turned up in their small, little town of 5,700 people. The letter was written by Martha Washington in 1793, during her husband's presidency, and somehow made its way over the years to rural Kansas.

To read more about this very interesting story, click on the following link...

"Letter From Martha Washington Discovered in Small Kansas Town" 

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