National First Ladies Library Be Iconic

THE FIRST LADIES ARE THE FIRST LEADERS.

THEY SET THE STANDARD.

Inspiring. Empowering. Educating.

The National First Ladies Library & Museum partners with the First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton, Ohio, to preserve, promote, and educate about the significant role and contributions of our nation’s First Ladies, inspiring young leaders by telling the story of American history uniquely through the eyes of women.

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The impact of the First Ladies on our nation is indisputable. Their historic firsts set precedents. Their selfless dedication to causes larger than themselves creates indelible legacies. Our mission is to tell the stories of the profound contributions of these remarkable women and empower a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.

Below are some of our First Ladies' important causes. 

How will they inspire YOU to make our nation a better place?

PRESERVATION
CANCER AWARENESS
CHILD WELFARE
DRUG PREVENTION
EDUCATION & ARTS
JOBS & HOUSING
MENTAL HEALTH
VETERAN SUPPORT
VOLUNTEERISM

EXPERIENCE THE FIRST LADIES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

National First Ladies Library Saxton McKinley House

The Saxton-McKinley House

331 S. Market Ave., Canton, Ohio 44702

The Saxton-McKinley house was built in 1842 and is the last remaining home with direct ties to Ida and William McKinley in their hometown of Canton, Ohio. Ida Saxton McKinley was born and raised in the home, which later served as the primary residence for Mr. and Mrs. McKinley from 1878 to 1891 while William served in the United States House of Representatives. The couple also spent time in this home when they were in Canton during President McKinley's terms in office. The Saxton-McKinley House has been meticulously restored to its Victorian splendor for guests to enjoy.

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The Visitor Center and National First Ladies Library & Museum

205 Market Ave. S., Canton, Ohio 44702

The Visitor Center and Museum (housed in the former City National Bank building) hosts a several exhibit galleries, a Victorian theater, a children's interactive zone, a research library, conference and seminar rooms, archival storage and processing rooms, and administrative offices. Here, visitors can explore the legacies of our nation's First Ladies and enjoy featured exhibits that take a deeper dive into their contributions to American history.

ENGAGE WITH US

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Rutherford Hayes & William McKinley: Brothers in War and Politics

IN PERSON: Rutherford Hayes and William McKinley were two of the most consequential figures in late-nineteenth century America. Both Ohioans, they would each serve as Congressmen from the state, and also be elected governor of Ohio multiple times. Though they were both Republicans and political allies, their bond was forged in the harrowing theatre of the Civil War, where they served together in the Ohio 23rd Volunteer Regiment.

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Legacy Lecture: Ohio's First Ladies of Suffrage

August 9, 2024, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

VIRTUAL: Discover Ohio's pivotal role in women's suffrage! Join us for a virtual legacy lecture on how Ohio suffragists transformed the movement, featuring insights from Dr. Jamie Capuzza, author of The Fifth Star: Ohio’s Fight for Women’s Right to Vote.

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Third Thursday Night Out with the First Ladies

August 15, 2024, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

IN PERSON: Experience an enjoyable evening at the National First Ladies Library & Museum after hours. Appetizers & drink included!

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Fun with FLOTUS: A Sensory Voyage Through Grace Coolidge's Legacy

August 17, 2024, 11:00am - 12:00pm

IN-PERSON: Fun with FLOTUS: A Sensory Voyage Through Grace Coolidge's Legacy. Embark on a sensory adventure. Join us for FUN, LEARNING, and FREE souvenirs! 

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Storytime & STEM

August 19, 2024, 11:00am - 11:30am 

IN PERSON: Join us for a magical morning of Storytime & STEM Fun with The Mixed-Up Chameleon! Explore the whimsical world of this beloved book and dive into hands-on STEM activities that will spark curiosity and creativity in your little ones. Don’t miss this unforgettable adventure!

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First Ladies on the Page

August 19, 2024, 7:00pm - 8:00pm 

VIRTUAL: Join us for a lively discussion on first lady-inspired books each season, exploring fiction and non-fiction with historical connections. Dive into Amy Bloom's novel on Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt's friendship and romance. This interactive Zoom program promises engaging discussions and insights!

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LEAD THE WAY TO THE FUTURE

YOUR SUPPORT MAKES OUR VISION A REALITY.

Our First Ladies are American icons. When you generously give your time, talent, or funds, we can tell the story of American history through the eyes of these women and ensure that their stories are preserved to inspire the next generation of visionary women worldwide.

Memberships and donations support creating engaging exhibits, expanding educational programs, maintaining our historic site, and so much more. Support us today, and see what we can do together!

 

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FIRST LADIES BY THE NUMBERS

10,706

Visitors to Our Historic Site in 2023

50.6

%

Increase in Visitors Over 2022

1,752

Students Educated by First Ladies Programs in 2023

Leaders in Literacy

4/30/2024 through 4/30/2025

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First Ladies as Teachers, Educators, and Librarians.

The right to an education is a foundational principle of America’s history, and many First Ladies have taken up this cause. We celebrate National First Ladies Day by kicking off this featured exhibit, presented by Huntington Bank.