Feather Schwartz Foster has been an independent writer of Presidential and First Ladies history for more than a decade, with a personal library of more than 1,500 president and president-related volumes collected over the last forty years.
Her first book, LADIES: A Conjecture of Personalities was published in 2003, followed by Garfield’s Train, A Novel. Her next book “The First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, An Intimate Portrait of the Women Who Shaped America” was published in 2011. She has also contributed articles on presidential and first-lady history to various online magazines.
She has recently published “Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas and other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet”, an lively assortment of real stories about the “old” First Ladies, via an article of their clothing – a gown or hat, a piece of jewelry or shoes, etc. Featured at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA, it is a delicious read – about real stuff!
She has made more than 400 personal appearances, including dozens of radio and television interviews. This includes lectures at the New Jersey State Historical Society, various city and state historical organizations in both NJ and Virginia, several Daughters of the American Revolution chapters, library organizations and private groups. She has been interviewed on numerous nationwide NPR stations, and dozens of online sites, as well as repeated interviews on Virginia Currents (PBS). She has recently been featured on C-SPAN’s new First Ladies Series, and is included in C-SPAN ‘s summary book on the subject, “FIRST LADIES: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women.” She has also been invited to participate at the 19th National War of 1812 Symposium to be held at the University of Baltimore, in October, 2015.
After moving to Williamsburg, Virginia in 2008, she began lecturing about the “old” First Ladies at the prestigious Christopher Wren Society, now the Osher Institute, the adult education venue associated with the College of William and Mary. She and offers similar programs at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.
She is a former founding member of the New Jersey Writers Society, and is currently a member of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club, the Virginia Writers Assn., and Biographers International Organization.