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Media Open House for “First Ladies at the Smithsonian”

December 18, 2008
WHAT: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History invites press to preview “First Ladies at the Smithsonian,” a showcase of premier objects from the First Ladies Collection.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 19 9-11 a.m.

WHERE: National Museum of American History
12th Street and Madison Drive N.W.

NOTE: Enter via Mall entrance at Madison Drive

WHO: Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator, will be on hand to answer questions.

For nearly a century, the First Ladies Collection has been one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian Institution. “First Ladies at the Smithsonian” serves as a bridge until the museum opens its new exhibition in a few years, as part of the next phase of renovation.

The exhibition opens to the public Friday, Dec. 19 at noon. “First Ladies at the Smithsonian” features 14 dresses and more than 90 other objects, ranging from those of Martha Washington to Laura Bush and including portraits, White House china, personal possessions and related objects from the Smithsonian’s unique collection of first ladies’ materials. It is located in the West Wing on the second floor.

The museum has recently completed a two-year, $85 million renovation of the building’s center core, dramatically transforming the museum’s architectural appeal while reorganizing and renewing the presentation of its extensive collections. “First Ladies at the Smithsonian” opens as part of the museum’s reopening-year celebration.