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Feather Foster — Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas

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May 9, 2016 – In this episode, our time machine door opens into the wardrobe of our First Ladies, that Narnia of fashion that trends back to the very first days of our republic, when the role of the president’s wife had — like the role of the president himself — yet to be defined.

Our valet is Feather Schwartz Foster, a presidential historian who focuses on our First Ladies from Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower. She’s here to share fun and little known stories from her new book: Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas: And Other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet. You can find her @FeatherSFoster on Twitter, or at, where you can sample a free chapter from today’s book.

Also discussed in today’s episode, a sneak peek at our summertime read: Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore: Clam Shuckers, Social Reformers and Summer Sojourners.