Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt made a few visits to Tucson to speak at the popular Sunday Evening Forum.
The forum brought notable speakers to Tucson for years beginning in 1942. It was founded by Mary Jeffries, later Mary Jeffries Bruce, who ran the forum until she retired in 1976.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a popular speaker. One such visit was Nov. 15, 1953, when Mrs. Roosevelt defended former President Truman, saying that to subpoena him to testify before Congress was discourteous.
From the Arizona Daily Star, Nov. 16, 1953:
Harry Dexter White was an accused Communist spy who had been appointed by Truman to be the U.S. director of the International Monetary Fund. After White's death and after Truman left office, there were accusations that Truman had known of White's alleged spying activites when he made the appointment. This was the reason for the subpoena Mrs. Roosevelt discussed.
The Star also gave an account of Mrs. Roosevelt's busy day in Tucson on that trip:
Mrs. Roosevelt made another trip to Tucson to speak at the Sunday Evening Forum in 1958. While the trip began with a glitch, she still managed to fill the auditorium to capacity.
First was a photo caption telling that Mrs. Roosevelt was stranded at the airport for a short time. (The Morgue Lady is unable to reproduce the photo.) From the Arizona Daily Star Feb. 10, 1958:
Mrs. Roosevelt spoke about the USSR and life in Russia:
One must remember that these comments were made at a time when the majority of married women in the United States did not work outside the home.