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May 24, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Time Details:
30 chairs. Stage set up in front. 2 chairs on stage. PT
Whiton Room
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Reference Desk: 781-741-1405 x1404
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Evening With the Author: Shannon McKenna Schmidt presents The First Lady of World War II

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Join us for this special Evening With the Author event, where author Shannon McKenna Schmidt will be in conversation with Mary Anne Donaldson. The First Lady of World War II is the first book to tell the full story of Eleanor Roosevelt's unprecedented and courageous trip to the Pacific Theater during World War II. On August 27, 1943, news broke in the United States that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was on the other side of the world. A closely guarded secret, she had left San Francisco aboard a military transport plane headed for the South Pacific to support the troops on World War II's front lines.

As Allied forces battled the Japanese for control of the region, Eleanor was there on the front lines, spending five weeks traveling throughout the region, experiencing what our servicemen were experiencing.

Shannon McKenna Schmidt is an author and journalist who has written for National Geographic Traveler, Shelf Awareness,,, and other websites and publications.

Mary Anne Donaldson worked as an administrative librarian and consulted in records management and litigation support. Originally a history major, Mary Anne particularly enjoys reading non-fiction and historical fiction centered on events and people related to the World Wars. 

This program is presented in partnership with Buttonwood Books & Toys, Cohasset. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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