Did you know that Dolley Madison, wife of our fourth U.S. president James Madison, was a Guilford County native? The Greensboro History Museum recently celebrated the release of a new children’s book about Dolley. We sat down with the writer, Julie Copeland, sustainer and former president of the Junior League of Greensboro.
Congratulations on your book! Can you tell us about it?
The book is titled “What Would Dolley Do?” It took me four months to write, which was an amazing journey full of research, idea generation, content development, refinement, and finalization.
What inspired you to write this book? Why Dolley Madison?
I wrote this book as a tribute to the mission of the Greensboro History Museum and to honor, celebrate, and support local history. Born locally, Dolley Madison is a historic figure with a lasting legacy. Given this revered first lady’s contributions, I wanted to honor her lifetime of influence and impact by writing the children’s book.
What do you hope readers will get out of this book?
The book invites us to celebrate Dolley’s historical significance and encourages us to be just as determined in being true to ourselves.
How have you celebrated the book release?
In April we held a book release press conference and ice cream social at the Greensboro History Museum, where I also serve as President of the Board of Trustees. It was a wonderful debut for the book, and I deeply appreciate all who attended.
North Carolina’s first lady, Kristin Cooper, will also be reading the book aloud at the Greensboro History Museum’s Dolley & Me Tea and fundraising event on May 5 in celebration of what would have been Dolley’s 250th birthday.
Where can we purchase the book?
The book is available for purchase in the gift shop at the Greensboro History Museum and proceeds benefit the museum’s mission.
The Greensboro History Museum is located at 130 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27401, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Julie is Vice President of Talent Management & Development at HRD Strategies, Inc., and has received honors including the North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, being named a JLG “Woman to Watch,” and making the “Top 40 Leaders Under 40” list.