LAURA BUSH SPEAKS AT THE HERMITAGE’S 117TH SPRING OUTING
Former First Lady gives keynote address during luncheon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2017) – Mrs. Laura Bush, former First Lady, addressed an audience of more than 700 guests during her keynote address at the 117th Spring Outing celebration at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on Wednesday.
Mrs. Bush is the first former White House resident to headline the program at Spring Outing, and this was her second visit to The Hermitage, after touring President Andrew Jackson’s home in 2009.
“The knowledge and understanding of American history is the basis of intellectual inquiry, engaged citizenship and national pride. And through the educational programs at The Hermitage, the Andrew Jackson Foundation is teaching our nation’s history to over 30,000 students and 200,000 visitors a year. And for that, I am grateful,” said Mrs. Bush.
Co-chaired by Laurel Buntin and Missy Eason, Spring Outing is part of the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s yearlong commemoration of Jackson’s 250th birthday, which began March 15.
The annual luncheon is a Nashville tradition that began in the early days of the Ladies’ Hermitage Association during the early 20th century as a picnic on the lawn of the mansion and has evolved into one of the major events held at The Hermitage. It regularly features locally and nationally known speakers who present on a variety of topics, including politics and history. Previous keynote speakers at Spring Outing include Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam and New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury.
“Mrs. Bush’s visit comes on the heels of high-profile visits this year, and the Andrew Jackson Foundation was honored to welcome a former First Lady as our 2017 speaker for Spring Outing,” said Howard J. Kittell, Hermitage CEO. Proceeds of Spring Outing benefit the many projects and programs of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.
To see more events that are part of Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday celebration and The Hermitage’s regular event schedule, visit http://thehermitage.com/andrew-jacksons-250th-birthday-celebration/.
About The Hermitage
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church, and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as archaeology and the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of 200,000 annual visitors. In 2015, The Hermitage launched Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a state-of-the-art exhibit that delves into the life of Andrew Jackson, including his military and presidential careers. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.
About Laura Bush
Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States, is an advocate for literacy, education and women’s rights. After leaving the White House, President and Mrs. Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center established to advance human freedom, economic growth, education reform and global health. A full biography can be found here.
About President Jackson’s Birthday
Every year on March 15, we pause to remember the birthday and accomplishments of Andrew Jackson – the orphaned son of Irish immigrants who grew up to become a Tennessee pioneer, one of America’s foremost military heroes and political leaders, and the seventh president of the United States. Andrew Jackson was born in South Carolina 250 years ago. While he spent his youth in the Carolinas, Tennessee was his adopted home. In 1804, Jackson purchased the farm near Nashville that he would name The Hermitage and call home for the rest of his life. He was buried there in 1845.