Kristina Smith
Marketing Committee chairman
American Presidents Film & Literary Festival
Fremont, OH 43420
800-998-7737, ext. 217

FREMONT – Free screenings of a mini-series that follows two women who served eight presidents will be shown Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Birchard Library during the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival.

“Backstairs at the White House” will be shown in four parts:

Part 1 – 9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 4
Part 2 – 1 – 2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
Part 3 – 4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
Part 4 – 3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
This 1979 made-for-television mini-series, starring Leslie Uggams, Olivia Cole, Louis Gossett Jr. and Cloris Leachman, is based on the lives of Lillian Rogers Parks and her mother, Maggie Parks. The pair served as White House maids from the administrations of William Howard Taft through Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The miniseries was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards. Screening rights are courtesy of Friendly Family Productions, LLC.

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is the only film and literary festival in the United States to focus on the American presidency. For a schedule of events and tickets, visit

It will take place at The Strand Concert Theater, Fremont Middle School, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Birchard Public Library and Live Edge Center.

In addition to films, the festival includes a cooking class with a former White House chef, talks by authors and historians, an escape room geared toward teens, lantern tours of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ grounds with living history presenters, a red carpet event with a keynote talk about Adrian Miller, author of “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” and more.

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Downtown Fremont.

The festival is committed to providing a place for expanded national and international understanding of the history and current events that have and continue to shape and influence the President of the United States. Utilizing the site and community of America’s first presidential library and museum, filmmakers, film professionals and authors will inspire audiences to explore, understand, critique and analyze the people, places, politics and power surrounding the American Presidency.

For information, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter at @ampresfilmlit.