Janet Creighton Speaks at Women’s History Tea

March 05, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement hosted a tea with Stark County Commissioner Janet Creighton on March 5.

The tea made for the perfect setting to hear Creighton, former deputy assistant to the President of the United States, speak about her experiences in the White House and the White House’s finest china.

As guests enjoyed their hors d’oeuvres and tea, Creighton shared her collection of replicas of the White House china. She explained that the First Ladies were in charge of the social aspect of the house from planning luncheons and dinners to entertaining guests. An important part of the planning was the President and First Lady’s duty of picking out the china that would represent them during their time in the White House.

Each President and First Lady were able to “leave their mark” by aiding in the design of the china. For example, 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes used 130 distinct patterns on his china to show his love for nature and wildlife. One of Creighton’s favorite china collections was selected by First Lady Nancy Reagan. The gold eagle left such an impression surrounded by the white and red color scheme.

“I like our eagle to look crisp and be soaring,” said Creighton.

Creighton also shared some of her special times in the White House. Her hand addressed invitation to the 100th Anniversary of the National Governors Association laid on the table as she spoke.

“I’m actually a part of history because the list for that dinner is still kept in the White House today,” said Creighton. She also attended Christmas parties, the Easter Egg Roll, and the White House Fireworks held on the 4th of July.

The Women’s History Month celebration will continue at Mount Union on March 20, with Marge Piercy as the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. in the Myers Sanctuary of Dewald Chapel. Piercy will give a Power Point presentation highlighting photos, cartoons and documents on various hot button women’s issues of our time.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (330) 823-6063.

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