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    Monday, March 01, 2010

    Dolly Madison Special on PBS - Tonight!!! (check your listings)

    Hey all! In case you didn't know, PBS is premiering Dolly Madison on American Experience tonight!
    ("The American Experience," at 9 p.m. It's on KCET, channel 28 for some of us).

    Below are 2 different emails I got today about it airing tonight! So far I've checked out one of the Behind the Scenes Online segments (1st one listed - with the Costume Designer) and really enjoyed it!


    Thanks to Val & Dana for both getting the word out about this new special about to air!

    aka - Miss Violet Johnson, Johnson Oak Inn (47 Oak St)

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Val
    Date: Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM
    Subject: [CGWcostumers] Dolly Madison on PBS and making her costumes & turbans

    PBS is premiering Dolly Madison on American Experience tonite, but unfortunately for us San Diego folks, it won't be on for two weeks. My friend, Angela Burnley, of Burnley & Trowbridge, Williamsburg, pointed out the behind the scenes videos on the trailer at PBS' website. The trailer starts up immediately but you can click the pause button. (IT HAS SOUND)
    Move your cursor over to the right of the black screen and some boxes pop up, with Behind the Scenes- Dolly's turbans, that show them making them from straw hat crowns, and with the costume designer.
    Great stuff!!


    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Dana
    Date: Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM
    Subject: Dolley Madison special on "The American Experience," Monday night at 9 p.m.

    Fellow Colonial Folk,

    She served as hostess of the White House for 16 years, under two administrations.

    Dolley Madison, as the wife of the secretary of state, organized the White House social functions for Thomas Jefferson (who was a widower) for eight years. Then, when her husband, James Madison, succeeded Jefferson as president, she was White House hostess for eight more years.

    And what a hostess she was! Such charm, such grace. She was the Jackie Kennedy of her time. An invitation to one of her parties was a prized possession.

    She was very helpful to her quiet, scholarly husband. The social bonds she created, quickly became political bonds for him. There were those who said that the reason he won a second term as president was that everyone loved his wife, Dolley.

    She was considered quite a looker in her time. James Madison always referred to his wedding day as "the luckiest day of my life."

    Do you know who the first president's wife to be called first lady was? It wasn't Martha Washington. And, it wasn't Jackie Kennedy. It was Dolley Madison.

    When she passed away, that was the largest funeral there had ever been in Washington, D.C.

    So, when someone asks you what you are doing tomorrow (Monday) night, the answer, of course, is watching the Dolley Madison special on "The American Experience," at 9 p.m. It's on KCET, channel 28.

    Happy viewing,

    Dana Parker

    P.S: In case you want to see a preview, or how they made the show, or to find out how the bodice and stays were the 18th-century version of the Wonder Bra, check out:


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