- The Tradition of the Gowns
The First Ladies at the Smithsonian
The Tradition of the Gowns (page 1 of 3)
As the popularity of the collection has grown, so has the ceremony surrounding the donation of the dresses. Early donations were informal affairs and often happened after the first lady had left the White House. Modern gown presentations are staged media events publicizing both the Smithsonian and the first lady.