They command the attention of millions and spearhead initiatives that shape our culture, yet for years, no comprehensive resource helped to document and interpret the lives of America’s first ladies. Recognizing this need, enthusiast Mary Regula, wife of a former Ohio congressman, helped establish a bibliography on these leaders. Her efforts led to a National First Ladies Library in 1996 and this historic site in 2000—one of only a handful of national parks devoted specifically to interpreting women’s history. Though the site preserves the childhood home of one individual woman—First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley—it also archives a wealth of information on the diverse lives of dozens of influential women who served in this rare and distinctive role in American politics and society.


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