Warner Mansion Tea Talk features generous First Lady

Learn the remarkable story of a generous First Lady at the Governor Warner Mansion’s annual First Ladies Tea and Talk, held August 21 in the 1867 mansion’s elegant backyard gardens.

Farmington resident Joan McGlincy, dressed in period costume, will give a first-person impression of President Herbert Hoover’s wife, Lou, and provide a behind-the- scenes look at what life was like in the White House from 1929 to 1933—before and during America’s Great Depression.

Because history hasn’t been kind to the Hoovers, you might not know that the First Lady of the Great Depression was a gun-toting geologist who graduated from Stanford, spoke Chinese, and coolly flouted social norms during the Jim Crow era. On top of that, she was a quietly generous woman. When she died of a heart attack in 1944, her husband found a stash of hundreds of checks in her desk—all from people she had helped over the years, looking to repay her. Lou had refused to cash them.

The talk and catered luncheon—including tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, and specialty teas—will run from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for boutique shopping on the porch.

Tickets are $35 each, and all tickets must be purchased in advance. Call the City of Farmington Clerk’s office 248-474-5500, ext. 2225 for information and reservations. Seating is limited to 80, early reservations are encouraged, particularly for groups.

The Governor Warner Mansion is located in Farmington at 33805 Grand River Avenue, two blocks west of Farmington Road. For more information, visit facebook.com/governor.mansion or call the Clerk’s office.

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