Emily Oland Squires
FROM: Karen Dunaway
DATE: November 3, 1999
RE: Report of findings on the Lane administration (January
3, 1947-January, 1951) from newspaper articles, The Evening Capital.
After skimming The Evening Capital for articles on Mrs. Lane
and Government House during the Lane administration, I can report the following
observations and conclusions:
I. General observations and conclusions:
1) The Lanes and their daughters, accept when away at college,
lived year-round at Government House.
2) Mrs. Lane is almost always referred to in the Evening Capital
as "the wife of the
Governor." This changed in May, 1949, when "First Lady" Mrs. Harry
S. Truman visited her in Annapolis for the Tercentenary celebrations and
she was called the "First Lady of Maryland." (5/26/49).
3) A highlight of Mrs. Laneís tenure as First Lady of Maryland was "Tercentenary
Week," a week-long celebration of the 300th anniversary of the
founding of the city of Annapolis (See The Evening Capital, May
20-May 28, 1949). During the week, Mrs. Lane received Mrs. Bess Truman
at Government House and sat with her in the reviewing stand for the Tercentenary
parade. Mrs. Lane spent time in Annapolis with Mrs. Truman again in April,
1950, when Mrs. Truman spoke at a meeting of the Naval Academy Womanís
Club (4/10/50, 4/12/50).
II. Summary of the contents of articles (dates of specific articles
are in parentheses)
Mrs. Laneís social and political activities included:
The social and political activities of the Laneís as a couple included:
Being named "Best Dressed of Maryland Best Dressed," 1947 by the Benefit
Fashion Show for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (2/22/47).
Hosting teas at Government House for:
The members of the Garden Pilgrimage and other residents of Annapolis (5/14/47).
The United Democratic Womenís Clubs of Maryland (10/25/47, 11/6/47)
The Vegetable Growers of America (8/11/48).
Attending a White House luncheon given by Mrs. Truman (1/28/48).
Attending a March of Dimes luncheon in Baltimore (1/28/48).
Accepting a gift on behalf of the state of a radio-phonograph set from
the Womanís Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to the Crownsville
State Hospital (5/13/48).
Being an honorary member of the Naval Academy Womanís Club, attending its
meetings and pouring tea there (10/3/49, 12/7/49, 4/10/50, 4/12/50, 6/28/50).
Being named one of the ten "best dressed" women of Maryland by the Fashion
Group of Baltimore (1/4/50, 1/16/50).
Participating in the Anne Arundel County Community Chestís 1950 campaign
for funds (10/10/50).
Photocopies of the above-referenced articles and additional articles
can be found in Mrs. Laneís file, 2/11/11/41.
Holding open houses and receptions at Government House for state officials,
legislators, friends in Annapolis, the Naval Academy, and St. Johnís College.
These included the annual New Yearís Day Reception and the reception for
the members of the General Assembly of Maryland and their guests as well
as the Superintendent of the Naval Academy and his wife (1/7/47, 1/9/47,
10/7/47, 7/28/48, 1/2/48, 12/22/48, 1/3/49, 3/17/49, 10/22/49, 10/24/49,
12/30/49, 1/3/50, 12/21/50, 12/30/50, 1/2/51).
Receiving the first female Secretary of State, Vivian Simpson, at Government
Attending a dinner-dance held in their honor by the Anne Arundel County
Attending the March of Dimes party to benefit the annual campaign to combat
infantile paralysis (1/23/47).
Hosting the Governor General of Canada and his wife, Viscount Alexander
of Tunis and Lady Alexander, at Government House (2/5/47, 2/7/47).
Attending the annual General Assembly balls in their honor (3/14/47).
Attending meetings of the Maryland State Bar Association (6/14/47).
Attending the annual governorsí conferences (7/28/47, 6/11/48).
Attending the Maryland State Fair in Timonium (9/4/47).
Attending Homecoming festivities at the University of Virginia, W.P.L.ís
alma mater (10/13/47) and at the University of Maryland (10/16/48).
Vacationing in Hot Springs, Virginia (11/21/47) at Sea Island, Georgia
(11/23/48), Ocean City (8/27/49), and Bermuda (3/31/50, 4/13/50).
Attending luncheons preceding the meetings of the Naval Academy Womenís
Club (12/1/47, 12/3/47).
Holding a reception at Government House for the members of the Maryland
State Grange (12/4/47).
Attending Halsey Day ceremony and luncheon at the Naval Academy (12/13/47).
Attending the regatta in Chestertown (7/30/48).
Re-dedicating the Francis Scott Key monument in Frederick (8/11/48).
Attending the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia (11/24/48).
Attending dinners hosted by the Superintendent of the Naval Academy (12/9/48).
Participating in "Tercentenary Week" events marking the 300th
anniversary of the founding of the city of Annapolis (5/20/49, 5/21/49,
5/21/49, 5/24/49) during which the Lanes received Mrs. Bess Truman at Government
House and Mrs. Lane sat with her in the reviewing stand for the Tercentenary
Being guests of Governor and Mrs. Tuck of Virginia and attending the University
of Virginia football games, where Governor Lane was an alumnus (10/13/49).
Holding Christmas Carol concerts outside of Government House on Christmas