The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection

The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection

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Admire the nationally famous collection of first ladies' gowns and learn about the contributions made by the women who wore them"The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection" is a beautifully illustrated book inspired by one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian: the first ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History. This striking book showcases the treasures from first ladies throughout history, ranging from Martha Washington's silk dress and dressing mirror to Michelle Obama's 2009 inaugural gown and jewelry. These and many other unforgettable objects--including gowns, tableware, and invitations from beloved first ladies such as Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Barbara Bush, Hilary Clinton, and more--tell the story of the first ladies as public and private figures. They illustrate how these women, thrust into an influential and visible role by happenstance of marriage, adapted themselves and the role of first lady by taking on responsibilities as campaigners, hostesses, and policy advocates. "The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection" features many treasures not on view at the exhibit. Complete with an insider's look at the acquisition, conservation, and exhibition of the pieces as well as a timeline of all forty-six first ladies, this is a must-have for anyone fascinated by these incredible women and their roles in American culture and political more

Product details

  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 175.26 x 226.06 x 7.62mm | 272.15g
  • Smithsonian Books (DC)
  • Smithsonian Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 158834469X
  • 9781588344694
  • 867,419

About Lisa Kathleen Graddy

LISA KATHLEEN GRADDY is deputy chair of the Division of Political History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She is the curator of the first ladies exhibit and the collection of woman suffrage and women's political history. AMY PASTAN is a Washington, DC-based author, editor, and photo researcher. A former staff editor at the Smithsonian Institution, she currently writes and produces books for both adults and children. Among her recent titles is "The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia."show more

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"The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection, a slim but lavishly illustrated paperbound book, attempts to juggle that national obsession with dress and the weightier elements of a first lady's role, in both her husband's administration and the larger society... Still, it's the dresses, in the end, that make this book, just as the clothes have made the Smithsonian exhibit a must-see for more than a century. There's something about gazing at these gowns, captured in all their glory in full-color studio photographs, that's almost hypnotic." -Chicago Tribuneshow more

Table of contents

The First Ladies Collection (Introduction) Who Is a First Lady? The First Ladies Gowns: A Look Behind the Scenes 1 - Michelle Robinson Obama 2 - Laura Welch Bush 3 - Hillary Rodham Clinton 4 - Barbara Pierce Bush 5 - Nancy Davis Reagan 6 - Rosalynn Smith Carter 7 - Elizabeth Bloomer Ford 8 - Thelma Ryan Nixon 9 - Claudia Taylor Johnson 10 - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy 11 - Mamie Doud Eisenhower 12 - Elizabeth Wallace Truman 13 - Anna Eleanor Roosevelt 14 - Lou Henry Hoover 15 - Grace Goodhue Coolidge 16 - Florence Kling Harding 17 - Edith Bolling Galt Wilson 18 - Ellen Axson Wilson 19 - Helen Herron Taft 20 - Edith Carow Roosevelt 21 - Ida Saxton McKinley 22 - Caroline Scott Harrison 23 - Frances Folsom Cleveland 24 - Lucretia Rudolph Garfield 25 - Lucy Webb Hayes 26 - Julia Dent Grant 27 - Mary Todd Lincoln 28 - Harriet Rebecca Lane 29 - Jane Appleton Pierce 30 - Abigail Powers Fillmore 31 - Sarah Childress Polk 32 - Julia Gardiner Tyler 33 - Letitia Christian Tyler 34 - Louisa Johnson Adams 35 - Elizabeth Kortright Monroe 36 - Dolley Payne Todd Madison 37 - Abigail Smith Adams 38 - Martha Dandridge Custis Washington First Ladies Timeline Object List Notes and Photo Creditsshow more