Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Lucy Webb Hayes” to be Presented by Betty Darst

The Darke County Genealogical Society with the support of the Ohio Humanities Council would like to invite members and the public to a special presentation, “Lucy Webb Hayes”, by Betty Darst, on Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m., in the Lowell Thomas Conference room at Garst Museum.

Lucy Webb Hayes was the wife of our nineteenth president, Rutherford B. Hayes. There were many firsts connected with Lucy Hayes. She was the first wife of a president to have a college degree, and she described the dynamic of the Civil War on the first typewriter in the White House. Stretching her role as First Lady beyond that of hostess, she worked for completion of the Washington Monument and brought the Easter Egg Roll to the White House lawn, where it continues today. This first person portrayal lifts Lucy out of the pages of history.

Betty Darst, an Ohio Humanities Council Speaker Bureau member, is known for her living history portrayals. She shares her insights in an accurate, honorable portrayal with a fierce dedication to detail and history. Betty is a source to other writers and producers for her expertise. She spent a career in educational leadership, experienced in research and now shares her talents with the aviation community. She is Vice President of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and works with mentoring programs encouraging high school girls to reach for the sky.

Since 1972, the Ohio Humanities Council, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided leadership, resources, and financial support for the humanities in Ohio. Humanities programs take various forms, such as book discussions, public lectures, historical portrayals, touring exhibits, radio series, and forums. The Council produces and supports programs in every region of the state. For more information about programs sponsored or funded by the Ohio Humanities Council, please visit their website at: If you would like to receive information from the Council about upcoming programs and events, please sign up to be added to their mailing list.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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