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 Peggy Miller Franck

 Prides Crossing
  The Unbridled Life and Impatient Times of ELEONORA SEARS


September 30, 2015

Questers Opening Day Meeting, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Lafayette Hill, PA--Lecture by author with Power Point, followed by book signing and luncheon.

June 22, 2012
PBS' To The Contrary
interviewed the author on the 40th Anniversary of Title IX and the woman who pioneered the idea behind the legislation.

April-May 2012
The  Cultural Arts Committee of New Eagle Elementary School, Berwyn, PA, hosted the author for a series of presentations to their 3rd and 4th grade classes on sports-great Eleonora Sears and the art of writing a biography.

May 8, 2012
 The  Acorn Club, Philadelphia, PA
Book presentation by author with Power Point. The lecture was followed by a book signing and luncheon.

 March 1, 2012

Questers, Easttown Public Library, Berwyn, PA
Book presentation by author with PowerPoint.

August 30, 2011
Beaumont Retirement Community, Bryn Mawr, PA
Book presentation by author with PowerPoint.

March 15, 2011
Tredyffrin Public Library, Strafford, PA - 7:30pm
Women's History Month was celebrated with local author Peggy Miller Franck, who has written the first complete biography of Eleonora Sears, the self-liberated Boston socialite who broke gender boundaries in the world of sports. The lecture was accompanied by a power-point presentation, followed by a book signing.

July 28, 2010
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Penn Bookstore, 2nd Level - Walnut Street - 6 - 8 pm
Penn Alumna Peggy Miller Franck, CW’69, discussed the life and times of the infamous Eleonora Sears, followed by a signing of her book.
The event was open to all.

June 17, 2010
The Beverly Historical Society hosted "An Evening with Eleo".  Cocktails, hors d' oeuvres, and music were enjoyed on the veranda of Eleo's estate, Rock Edge, overlooking the ocean.  The author was the special guest and was available for book signings.


An Evening with Eleo

November 12, 2009
Beverly Public Library, Beverly, MA
    7:00pm - Beverly Farms History Project: “Remembering Eleo”

This program began with an illustrated talk on the life of Eleonora Sears by historian Nancy Coffey.  Attendees were invited to share their memories of Eleo Sears, which were recorded for the archives of the Farms History Project.

October 9, 2009 - Attended by Author
Longwood Cricket Club
     6:00pm - Lecture, Reception, and signing

October 8, 2009 - Attended by Author
Chilton Club, Dartmouth Street, Boston
     11:00am - Lecture (intro by Cary Smallhorn), followed by a book signing and lunch.

Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, MA
     6:30pm - Cocktails  7:00pm - Lecture by Author, Q&A, and book signing
     8:00pm - Buffet Dinner

October 7, 2009 

Boston Athenaeum
     6:00pm - Introduction by Athenaeum Director Pamela Mathews and John Sears
     The Author's Lecture was followed by a reception sponsored by J. Linzee Coolidge and a book signing.

   Lecture Topic:    The Past as Prelude:  Eleonora Sears and the Birth of the Modern World
Nicknamed the "Universal Female Athlete," Eleonora Sears cut a swath through society in the first half of the 20th century, as arguably the greatest and most versatile female athlete of all time.  Sportswriter Grantland Rice said that "the two girls who did the most to turn the world spotlight on their sex, with the possible exception of Cleopatra, were Eleonora Sears and Babe Didrikson Zaharias."  Babe carried the torch, but Eleo lit the spark.

Born in 1881, Eleo was the self-liberated daughter of one of Boston's First Families and a great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson.  Eleo, whose life spanned the eras of rigid Victorian orthodoxy and the dawn of the nuclear age, faced off against the world like a gladiator, wielding her competitive skill, her wealth, and the force of her will to topple ancient and suffocating commandments.  The breadth of her athletic achievements placed her at the heart of many of the seminal developments of the 20th century. The sweeping technological and social changes that Eleo and America grappled with during those years continue to bend and baffle today's world.  Join Peggy Miller Franck, the author of Prides Crossing: The Unbridled Life & Impatient Times of Eleonora Sears and daughter of Eleo's financial advisor, as she paints a dramatic portrait of Boston society and the woman who dared to be different.