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The First Ladies

The First Ladies

November 19, 2011 – Indefinitely

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 3rd Floor, Center, Rose Gallery, enter from American Presidency

Learn how first ladies have shaped the role of first lady as the role of women in society evolved. On view are more than two dozen gowns, including those worn by Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Jacqueline Kennedy. Four cases provide in-depth looks at Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, Edith Roosevelt, and Lady Bird Johnson and their contributions to their husband’s presidential administrations.

Note: Michelle Obama's red chiffon second inaugural gown is on view January 14, 2014-January 19, 2015; it will temporarily replace her first inaugural gown. 

Related book: The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection

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