New Limited Edition Book Pays Tribute to First Female Imagineer, Harriet Burns

Walt Disney's First Lady Imagineer, Harriet BurnsAfter Harriet Burns — the first female Walt Disney Imagineer — passed away in July 2008, daughter Pam Burns-Clair received such an outpouring of love complete with colorful stories of her mother from family and friends, both personal and professional, that she decided to create a tribute book. Together with co-author Don Peri, they solicited and received many more stories about Harriet and they all are gathered in Walt Disney’s First Lady of Imagineering, Harriet Burns along with many photos of Harriet not yet seen by the public.

Through this limited edition hard cover, coffee-table style book, you will discover the range and depth of Harriet’s impact on those lives she touched whether as a mother, grandmother, relative, mentor, co-worker or friend. The stories will bring a smile or a tear (or more likely both) and will contribute to an understanding and appreciation of this tiny woman with a heart as big as her native Texas.

The book is a perfect holiday gift for those seeking inspiration from a pioneering woman venturing with bold finesse into what was previously a male-dominated workplace, for Disney history buffs and—of course—for those who knew and admired this multi-faceted woman. A pre-sale holiday card to be presented to the recipient can be obtained by ordering directly from the publisher at

The limited edition hardcover is 112 pages and features almost 200 photos, many never before seen by the public. Now available for pre-order, the book is expected to ship by mid-January 2010.

Walt Disney’s First Lady of Imagineering, Harriet Burns is published by The Donning Company, Publishers of Virginia Beach, Virginia — the largest specialty pictorial history publisher in the United States and publisher of Donning’s “Portrait of America” series for which this title becomes the latest installment.

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