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Renowned Author and Historian to Headline Annual Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Conference


CALDWELL, NJ — The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (GCBMA) will be hosting its annual conference on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, featuring The New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, who will present an illustrated program based on her new and noteworthy book “All The President’s Gardens.”

Marta McDowell, a prize-winning author, will present an informative and interactive lecture on “All The President’s Gardens,” revealing the fascinating story of how the White House grounds were conceived and how they have changed from President to President—from George Washington’s obsession with collecting trees to Michelle Obama’s kitchen gardens. These garden landscapes reflect the evolution of America’s trends and passions.

McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Gardens. She was awarded the American Horticultural Society Book Award, and has been a featured speaker at venues ranging from the Chicago Botanical Gardens to the Smithsonian Institution.

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Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The conference will commence at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome by the GCBMA Board of Trustees, followed by an introduction of author Marta McDowell by White House photographer, Bruce White.

Books can be purchased and signed by the author after the presentation. At noon, a boxed lunch and refreshments will be served.

In addition, at 1:00 p.m., a special one-hour educator’s workshop for Grades 3-12 will be offered on how to present materials from the GCBMA’s “Traveling Trunks” program—portable history lessons that can “travel” to schools and related educational institutions, service organizations, or any other groups interested in keeping the legacy of Grover Cleveland alive.

Participants at the workshop will examine the contents of the trunks and explore the ways these artifacts can be utilized to educate as well as entertain. Professional Development certificates will be given.

Members of the GCBMA, established in 1913 to “honor and perpetuate the memory of Grover Cleveland,” said they are very fortunate and proud to have such a renowned author and historian headline their conference.

The cost of the event is $35, payable at the door. For reservations, contact Alice Gibson at 973-747-2794 or For more information about this event and the GCBMA, visit

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