National First Ladies Library: Important Educational Resource On The Women Behind The Men

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The National First Ladies Library is an excellent place to learn about the important Presidential women for citizens and scholars alike. The National First Ladies Library is in Canton, Ohio, about an hour south of Cleveland and the home of the National Football Hall of Fame. The idea for the Library began two decades ago, and began serving 16 years ago as a brick-and-mortar location.

The idea for the First Ladies Library was developed by Mrs. Mary Regula, who felt that the accomplishments of America’s First Ladies should be celebrated and protected. She took this idea to at this time First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and she told her about what she and 13 local women wanted to start. First Lady Clinton agreed, proclaiming that the project was long overdue. After the legal and historical work was done, 4 years later, the home of the Library, the Ida Saxton McKinley Home, was opened, with the ribbon being cut by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Finally, in 2000, President Clinton signed a bill officially beginning the National First Ladies Library.

2010 Ida McKinley Birthday Tea Pre-Event Tables. Credit Here

The First Ladies Library offers no-cost top notch lesson plans on the Presidential spouses, a collection of the Ladies personal papers and former possessions, and many educational exhibits and events. The Library is open to the public on Tuesdays through Saturdays at certain times and at different times of the year they hold entertaining programs. These include teas honoring First Ladies such as Ida McKinley and Helen Taft, and themed dinners. In fact, on February 15th, they will be holding a dinner called Love Is Eternal, where they will serve a meal and share love letters written by the Presidential spouses to each other. These events are valuable chances to learn about the love shared by America’s couples and is a wonderful opportunity to share in a romantic experience with your love.

The Library also offers a lecture series. On February 24th, M.J. Albacete, the executive director of the Canton Museum Of Art, will be conducting a program about First Lady Ellen Wilson and the art of the period she was in the White House. Anyone who relishes in a cultural, historical, or creative experience should definitely attend this free event. A place for both amateur history buffs and professional scholars perhaps writing a book or expanding knowledge as a professor, the National First Ladies Library is an unique location to build your knowledge of our nation’s great women. These women often shape our societies as much as their husbands do, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton, among others.

First Ladies Of The USA. Credit Here

Planning Your Visit:


Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m., plus Sundays in June, July & August at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Reservations required for groups of 6 or more only, recommended for all others.


Adults $7.00
Seniors $6.00
Children under age 18 $5.00
National Park Passes National Park Passes Entrance to the Education and Research Center Exhibits is free of charge; Tours of the Saxton McKinley House are $4
School Programs Free—by reservation ONLY

The Library is having a free day on February 15th, and that is a great opportunity to visit. I can guarantee you that the free day will not be your only time at the Library! I would also encourage you to become a member of the Library. Different tiers of membership warrant different perks, but some include free admission and private tours. The Library is a very valuable learning center for the nation, and needs your help to continue to honor the women behind the men. I hope that you will plan a visit soon, perhaps to a dinner or lecture, or a regular visit. The First Ladies of our nation are underrepresented, and we must help keep interest alive in this great national treasure.

Visit The National First Ladies Library’s Website


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