About Feather Schwartz Foster

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Feather Schwartz Foster, First Ladies historian and author

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! mlfpcover

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.

6 Responses to About Feather Schwartz Foster

  1. Martha Jo Wilson says:

    Ms. Foster, Please contact me to let me know of your availability to speak in Virginia Beach. My name is Martha Jo Wilson.

  2. Eleanor says:

    Correction on https://featherfoster.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/mrs-harding-and-mrs-mclean/
    “Evalyn Walsh McLean (1886-1947) was a fabulously wealthy woman. Her father, Thomas Walsh, Senator from Montana, had made a fortune in mining..”

    Her father was NOT a senator from Montana. The senator from Montana died 20 years later than did Evalyn’s father, Thomas Francis Walsh. The mine that made him rich was near Ouray, Colorado.

  3. jakegariepy says:

    I am so excited to find your blog! I recall your appearance on C-Span. Like you, I am fascinated by the lives of the presidents and first ladies. While you write about them, I illustrate! You might like the poster I designed depicting first lady gowns from Martha Washington to the present.

    Keep up the good work! I am now following your blog so I will be able to appreciate your work on a regular basis!

    Jake Gariepy

  4. hi, Feather: i like your blog. Congrats! i wonder if you would be interested in taking a look at my new book, First Dads, (www.firstdadsus.com), which is due out in May. Regards, Josh

  5. cslevin59 says:

    Hi Feather — Love the blog and the books and all the wonderful tidbits of history I’ve learned from them! I wanted to let you know that I included a reference to your blog in my newly-published book “Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates — not JUST a Coloring Book.” The book is designed to make women’s history exciting and accessible to everyone from eight to 108-year-olds, with coloring pages and lively brief narratives of 64 courageous & tenacious women. (Abigail Adams’ journey by sea to Paris based on your description is on page 10.) I look forward to your next blog post. 🙂 Carol Simon Levin

  6. myeagermind says:

    I would love to have a copy of all your books signed but in bad health at the moment and struggling for help. But I will get when I have the funds,

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