San Francisco playwright and actor Terry Baum gathered quite a bit of information while researching a play entitled “HICK: A Love Story — the Romance of Lenora Hickock & Eleanor Roosevelt.”
Baum plans to discuss Roosevelt’s 30-year relationship with the famous reporter Hickok, aka “Hick” — including evidence that the pair carried on a lesbian affair early on in their friendship — at an event at the The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center in Richmond on Nov. 7, according to a statement by the visitor’s center.
Space is limited for the 11 a.m. event, so those wanting to attend are asked to reserve a space by calling (510) 232-5050 x0. Leave a message with your name and phone number, and specify the program you would like to attend.
“Hick,” who holds the distinction of having the New York Times’ first byline by a woman on the front page, met Roosevelt during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential campaign in 1932. While there is disagreement among historians about the nature of their relationship, Baum says there is evidence the two shared a love affair for several years and would remain friends and partners in activism.
From 1933 to 1962, the First Lady wrote at least 2,336 letters to Hick (and that’s only the ones that survived), which Baum read through at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY. The letters, Baum says, “document a passionate lesbian relationship between them in the early years of their friendship.”
In later years, “Hick helped Mrs. Roosevelt become an outspoken, media-savvy activist for democracy and human rights — one of the greatest women of the 20th century,” according to the visitor’s center statement.
Baum’s play was nominated for the Theatre Bay Area Award in San Francisco.
The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, Richmond. See the flyer for more information: