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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Baldwin Library Hosts Eleanor Roosevelt Tea at the Townsend Hotel September 26th Noon.

BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 9, 2015) – Tea experts Barb Gulley and Rachel Gulley of Barb’s TEA Shop will discuss the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt during an afternoon tea at The Townsend Hotel on Saturday, September 26 at noon.

Inspired by the release of Ken Burns’ documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which aired on PBS in 2014, the afternoon tea presentation will focus on the highlights of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. “Growing up, she was a shy, unassuming child who faced her fears and, by doing so, grew to accomplish great things in politics and human rights. She exemplified one of her most famous, and our personal favorite, quotes: ‘A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water,’” shared Barb Gulley.

Barb and Rachel incorporate their world travels and passion for tea and education into all their programs. Back from a recent trip to Hyde Park, New York, home of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, they are excited to share stories of Eleanor and the Roosevelt family.

“With the success of the Downton Abbey inspired tea the Library hosted in February and the enthusiasm of its 60 attendees, we knew we wanted to host another event with Barb’s TEA Shop,” stated Associate Director, Rebekah Craft. “Eleanor Roosevelt has been an influential figure in our nation’s history and we want to honor her many achievements with this program.”

Contact The Townsend Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Department at 248-647-2196 for reservations. Tickets for the event are $45 per person and include a selection of sandwiches, scones, miniature pastries and Harney & Sons tea. The Townsend Hotel is located at 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009. All proceeds from this tea will support the Baldwin Public Library.

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library’s website ( has information on how to register for a library card and access all of the library’s services.

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