The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection, published in 2014, 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, and tells 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's National Museum of American History, Behring Center, is responsible for the collection, care and preservation of more than three million objects. The collections reflect the breadth, depth and complexity of the experiences of the American people, from social and cultural history to the history of science, medicine and technology.
104 pages. 296 photographs. Paperback. 6.5" x 9".