Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. VanAnn Moore
Email vanannsings@msn.com
Phone 505/864-2038
Address 439 Aquina Ct.
Belen, NM  87002
Biographical Info VanAnn Moore is a Chautauqua performer and researcher who has brought a dozen historical characters alive for NMHC for over 14 years. She has performed internationally.
Character Name Dolley Madison
Program Description Dolley Madison (1768 - 1849) was a survivor of wars, intrigue, and challenges beyond the call of duty. Dolley Payne Todd was a grieving Quaker widow when she married James Madison: the Father of the U.S. Constitution, a future President, and the dearest love of her life. Dolley began her political career as the confidante and best friend of Martha Washington, and Aaron Burr, among others. She acted as hostess for eight years for President Thomas Jefferson, and became one of the nation’s most brilliant First Ladies from 1809-1917. It was Dolley who displayed amazing courage when the British attacked Washington D.C. during the War of 1812. Statesman Henry Clay exclaimed, “Everybody loves Mrs. Madison!” Even her husband’s enemies admired Dolley’s tact and diplomacy. She would become an advisor and friend of every President from Washington to President Polk. One cannot say enough about the “wonderful Mrs. Madison,” and her advice to the Unites States today to never give up the fight to preserve our unique Constitutional government, and our God-given rights to freedom!
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