Behind the First Ladies Exhibit at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has been exhibiting gowns and dresses of the first ladies since 1913. Curator… read more

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has been exhibiting gowns and dresses of the first ladies since 1913. Curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy discussed the history of the tradition and how the exhibit portrays the shifting roles of first lady in United States history and how various first ladies dealt with the role. She talked about the styles and contributions of first ladies including Lucy Hayes, Edith Roosevelt, Dolley Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Nancy Reagan. Ms. Graddy discussed how selections were made for the exhibit and how it was organized.

Video clips were shown in the background of first lady Michelle Obama presenting her gown to the Smithsonian and at a state dinner, and of several first ladies at inaugural balls. A brief clip was shown of first lady Laura Bush presenting her gown. close

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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Feb 18, 2012
Last Aired:
Feb 21, 2012

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