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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Martha Custis Williams Carter, A Remarkable Friendship, presented by Alexandra Deutsch, Vice-President of Collections & Interpretation, Maryland Historical Society
Although the story of Elizabeth Bonaparte’s marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte’s youngest brother has long been celebrated, her end-of-life friendship with Martha Custis Williams Carter, longtime resident of Tudor Place, is rarely noted. Between 1875 and 1879, Bonaparte and Carter formed a unique relationship which is well documented in the pocket-sized diaries Carter maintained.
Filled with remarkable details about Elizabeth Bonaparte’s life, Carter’s diaries proved to be one of the most important sources used by Alexandra Deutsch for her book, A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.
Join us to explore the story of this unique friendship between these highly educated, intuitive, and intriguing women whose lives provide a fascinating window into the nineteenth century.
Alexandra Deutsch is the Vice-President of Collections & Interpretation at the Maryland Historical Society. Her book on Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte is the culmination of her research and presentation of the nationally acclaimed exhibit at MHS-“Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy.” The exhibit is ongoing at the museum in Baltimore.