Public Program, Online Event

Filming First Ladies

Aaron Cooley and Cathy Schulman, SHOWTIME®, Mark Farkas, CSPAN, in conversation with Catherine Allgor

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

This event will now be held virtually from 6:00-7:00. Register for how you plan to attend below. 


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Hear from creators at CSPAN and SHOWTIME® as they discuss the process of writing and producing historic documentaries and dramas. Aaron Cooley will speak about his experience creating The First Lady, how the concept for the show came to be and why SHOWTIME® focused on the first ladies who were chosen. It will also touch on how the series strove to share new information to viewers while discussing some of the most famous women in America. Mark Farkas will reflect on CSPAN's First Ladies: Influence and Image series, and its portrayal of first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama and their lives and evolution over their tenure at the White House. The conversation will be moderated by MHS president Catherine Allgor, a scholar of the early republic and noted expert on the life and times of Dolley Madison.

Online Event

This event will now be held virtually from 6:00-7:00. Contact if you have any questions.


The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.