Let’s Play Cards!
Mamie Eisenhower: Sports and Popular Culture
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: Two or more class periods
While Ike was away, Mamie often played cards with other Army wives. In fact, this was a favorite pastime in the 1940s and 1950s. Very often, couples would entertain with “card parties” on Friday or Saturday evenings.
There are many websites devoted to the history of these great games. A Google search will identify them easily.
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.