The National First Ladies' Library, Canton

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First Ladies National Historic Site is a United States National Historic Site located in Canton, Ohio. During her residency in Washington, D.C.. Mary Regula, wife of Ohio congressman Ralph Regula, spoke regularly about the nation’s First Ladies. Recognizing the paucity of research materials available she created a board to raise funds and for a historian to assemble a comprehensive bibliography on American First Ladies. From these inspirations came a National First Ladies’ Library, established in 1996 and First Ladies National Historic Site. The site was established in 2000 to commemorate all the United States First Ladies and comprises two buildings: the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home and the Education & Research Center. Tours start at the Education & Research Center, located one block north of the Saxton McKinley house on Market Avenue. The 1895 building, formerly the City National Bank Building, was given to the National First Ladies’ Library in 1997.The first floor features a theater, a large exhibit and meeting space and a small library room with a collection of books that replicates First Lady Abigail Fillmore's collection for the first White House Library. The center's second floor is home to the main National First Ladies' Library. Other floors contain conference rooms, storage and office space.The Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home preserves the home of Ida McKinley, the wife of U.S. President William McKinley. The brick Victorian house, built in 1841 and modified in 1865, is furnished in the style of the Victorian era. Costumed docents provide tours, and exhibits focus on President and Mrs. McKinley, photos of First Ladies, and Victorian decorations.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Visited with friends to review changes. In the early years. I watched it be developed under the tutelage of Mary Regula. Then a friend of mine (now deceased) - Harold Peffer made all of the matching f...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    We arrived too late for a tour. Almost too late for the gift shop. The entry was not very well marked. When we finally did figure it out you had to speak through an intercom and then be “buzzed” in. T...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    2 of my lady friends and I made the 2+ hour trip just to visit the First Ladies Museum. We had done our homework in advance and knew of the importance of making a reservation beforehand. When we arriv...  more »
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  • March 23, 2017
    The replication inaugural gowns are ok but not very exciting especially since I've seen the originals at the Smithsonian. The museum itself, Ida McKinley's house, is also lacking anything unique or original artifacts, however the restoration is beautiful. Good if you are looking for something to do on a budget but not particularly interesting.
  • January 28, 2017
    Interesting, but much smaller than I expected (only 1 room) & pretty much only has inauguration gowns. The tour of the Saxton house (included in entrance fee) was much more interesting. Note that there is free outdoor parking right next door to Saxton house. Parking in the garage next to the library will cost you around $8
  • December 1, 2016
    This place offers a very unique tour. Everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable. I absolutely love the McKinley House.
  • May 31, 2017
    Keeping history alive
  • June 25, 2014
    The docents and tour guides are very well-informed. I learned a lot and the buildings themselves were beautiful! The Saxton House tour was very interesting, Ida Saxton McKinley is not a first lady that normally shows up in history, but she probably should! Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!

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