Georgia Writers Museum

  Every story starts somewhere...

Meet The Author and Enjoy A Character Performance 

The Gatekeeper

Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story 

of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency

Author Kathryn Smith will charm you as she appears in period costume as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's savvy personal secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand, one of the most vital, and certainly one of the most loyal, members of his inner circle. 


Missy worked with FDR for more than twenty years, starting from his first failed vice-presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House. 


Yet while hundreds of books have chronicled FDR’s four historic terms in office, as he steered the country through the Great Depression and World War II, Missy has literally been relegated to the footnotes of history…until now.


Journalist Kathryn Smith finally tells her story. It is a thoughtful, revealing, unsung-heroine story about a woman ahead of her time, the true weight of her responsibility, and the tumultuous era in which she lived—and a long-overdue tribute to one of the most important female figures in American history.

Thursday, April 12
7:00 to 9:00 PM

$20 Per Person

   Serving After-Dinner Bites

   Cash Bar with Wine, Beer,        and  White House Martinis  

         Georgia Writers Museum 
109 South Jefferson
Eatonton, Ga

706-991-5119