History Museum Honors Dolley Madison with Release of Children’s Book

April 16, 2018

The Greensboro History Museum is celebrating Dolley Madison’s 250th birthday with the release of a new children’s book, What Would Dolley Do? The celebration begins with a book release party at 11 am, Thursday, April 19 at the Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Ave. The release will be followed by an ice cream social.

The book has been authored by Julie Copeland, President of the Greensboro History Museum, Inc. Board. Illustrations were created by published children’s book author/illustrator James Young. Copeland said, “We’re filled with excitement about the year-long celebration of First Lady Dolley Madison’s birthday at the museum. Dolley Madison is a historic figure with a lasting legacy. Given this revered First Lady’s contributions, I wanted to honor her lifetime of influence and impact by writing this children’s book.”

Dolley Madison is one of the area’s most prominent and celebrated historical women because she was a Guilford County native and the only First Lady to be born in North Carolina. According to Carol Hart, Director of the Museum, the Dolley Madison Collection is one of the most significant collections of her belongings known to exist in the United States. Beginning May 20, Dolley’s birthday, rarely seen objects from the Dolley Madison Collection will be on display, including her infamous red velvet dress.