Eleanor Roosevelt is the most famous women of her generation. Her service as First Lady during the Great Depression and World War II, in addition to her leadership of United Nations, solidified her reputation as an important figure in American History. What is less known about Eleanor Roosevelt is that she visited Monmouth County frequently to visit Brookdale Farm’s Geraldine Thompson. Their long friendship is preserved in hundreds of letters exchanged over decades. Prof. Jane Scimeca will share her research journey through their correspondence to shed light on these two women and their common interest in helping people. Enjoy a lively discussion of the amazing friendship between Geraldine Thompson and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Jane Scimeca is a distinguished Professor of History at Brookdale Community College, where she specializes in teaching World History and Women’s History. She has earned a Master of Arts degree in History and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University. Professor Scimeca is also the host of New Books in Women’s History, a podcast on the New Books Network where she discusses new scholarship in women’s history with writers and historians. Professor Scimeca is currently working on a biography of Geraldine L. Thompson titled, “Mrs. Thompson Saves the Day.”
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