First Ladies

A new exhibition of the most famous dresses worn by U.S. Presidents' wives opens today at the National Museum of American History. The “First Lady Debuts” display forms part of the First Ladies Collection, which, for more than 100 years, has been one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian.

It features dresses worn by Michelle Obama, Mamie Eisenhower, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hilary Clinton and more.

The first ladies did more than just wear fabulous inaugural gowns. To find out more about their lives, work and causes, click on each of their names to be directed to books available at the Ann Arbor District Library.