When a president leaves office, his speeches and papers are collected in a library to enable scholars to study his mark on history. First Ladies National Historic Site is the first library dedicated to the contributions of the many notable women who served as America’s first lady.
First Ladies National Historic Site examines the evolving role and historic accomplishments of the “official hostesses” of the White House. A film, exhibits, and artifacts explore the changing public face of the first lady and her impact on the presidency.
The library spans two buildings. The museum is located in the Education & Research Center. The collection extends to the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home, which was the family home of President William F. McKinley’s wife, and the couple’s residence during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives (1878-1891). This elegant mid-century Victorian home has been carefully preserved to reflect period details.