Historical Society’s new Women in Public Life series at the annual
Strawberry Festival benefit will feature Michelle Obama, attorney,
hospital administrator and wife of Democratic presidential candidate
Barack Obama, Tuesday, June 26. The N-YHS annual Strawberry Festival
dates to June 1856.
Proceeds will benefit the New-York Historical Society programs
including major exhibitions and educational programs on American
history. Current N-YHSexhibitions include: New York Divided: Slavery.
The former Vice President of Community and External Affairs at the
University of Chicago Hospitals, Michelle Obama previously served as
Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University
Community Service Center. In 1993, she was the founding director
of Public Allies, an Americorps-funded program that provides leadership
skills training to young adults. She also practiced intellectual
property law in the corporate sector prior to her tenure as an
assistant to Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago.
Michelle Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988 and received
her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1985; she majored
in Sociology with a minor in African-American Studies. She grew
up on Chicago’s South Side as Michelle Robinson and met Barack Obama
when she was appointed his advisor while they were both working as
attorneys at Sidley & Austin in Chicago. The couple has two
daughters, Malia 8, and Sasha 5, and the family resides on Chicago’s
The event begins at 12:30p and concludes at 2p at The New-York
Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street
between 76th and 77th Street. Strawberry Festival tickets are $300,
$600, and $1,000.