Jackie Kennedy has long been renowned for her laudable fashion sense and regal stature. During JFK’s presidency she sparkled on the national stage. Yet there was another first lady who was the Jackie of her time. At Plymouth Notch she is the Queen of all our hearts: Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge. Wife, mother, and First Lady of the United States, Grace warmed the hearts of all who knew her. She provided the family space and social grace that allowed her husband Calvin to succeed in the White House. The American people recognized what a gem they had in her, and we continue to celebrate the life of this great woman.
Carrie Brown Coolidge was born in Plymouth, VT, on January 22, 1857. She was known in her town as “… one of the brightest and most talented children … she took a strong interest in the great books and music of her time.” She arrived at Kimball Union Academy in the fall of 1879 and studied, among other subjects, geometry, meteorology, botany, French, Psychology and moral Science. Carrie graduated as Salutatorian of her class and gave the opening commencement speech, Light your Own Torch.
Last night Rushad Thomas, our program associate, conducted a Subsidies Webinar with the National Speech & Debate Association! You can find the link to his PowerPoint here, and hopefully we’ll upload the video once we receive it from the good folks at the NSDA!