Scholar Series to highlight America’s first ladies

The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will present its next Scholar Series from 10-11 a.m. April 17 with a presentation about the first ladies. The Signal

The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center is continuing its Scholar Series this month with a presentation on the nation’s first ladies scheduled Wednesday, April 17.

College of the Canyons Professor Lissa Brassfield will be discussing the role of the first lady, as well as specifically highlighting some of the well- and lesser-known women who have occupied that role throughout U.S. history.

“These women have made a great impact on our society,” said Blyth Birchall, the event coordinator. “You know where you’re going based on where you’ve been, so this is always going to be a relevant topic.”

Although the position is not an elected one and carries only ceremonial duties, the role of a first lady has evolved greatly over the years, and has become a highly visible and influential position in society.

The presentation will focus on generations of women who were either trail blazers, controversial or even stayed in the background while still always continuing to shape the role of the first lady and leave a lasting legacy for all who followed.

The “First Ladies: Portraits of Grace & Leadership” presentation is scheduled Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in rooms A1 and A2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St. in Newhall. The event is open to anyone to attend and will be free of charge.

For more information, contact Blyth Birchall at [email protected] or 661-259-9444, or visit

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