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National First Ladies Library

205 Market Ave. S, Canton, OH 44702
330-452-0876
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Canton
Type: Libraries, Historic Sites
Owner description: The house once shared by President and Mrs. McKinley has been restored and is now the home of a library dedicated to the history of America's first... more » Owner description: The house once shared by President and Mrs. McKinley has been restored and is now the home of a library dedicated to the history of America's first ladies. « less
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Cleveland, Ohio
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36 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The home associated with this museum was occupied by Ida Mckinley before her marriage to William and, eventually by the couple for a time. It is particularly interesting. We enjoyed the videotape presentations and the inaugural gowns. There is still work to be done to make this museum first class, but we were happy that we visited. They have a... More

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Lakewood, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

First you watch a video loop which is informative, then you enter an elevator to go down stairs where you can look at a display cabinet that the employees made of who inspires them which I had no interest in, After that you go outside and up a set of stairs. Why not just have us go out the way... More

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Springboro, Ohio
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25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

An interesting visit. Has a video and several exhibits relative to the many first ladies of the land.

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Naperville, Illinois
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137 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We had a very nice visit to the library (unfortunately the air conditioning was out in the house so we didn't get to visit). The staff was very helpful and answered all of our questions. There is a video to watch and then a nice exhibition of some First Lady memorabilia. A very nice stop and addition to the town.

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Canton
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is a wonderful old house turned into a Museum for our countries First Ladies. Very informative and interesting

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Shiloh, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We were so impressed with the architecture of both buildings included in this tour. Our guides were personable and interesting. The period dress was a wonderful touch! These volunteers are to be commended for their knowledge and dedication. The Saxon House is handicap accessible and the gift shop had lots of little treasures. This tour is a must for presidential... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Well the home is simplistic , it raises thoughts of what it might have been like to live in days gone past. Needs more info on First Ladies...I really enjoyed their portraits with the info descriptions

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The first Ladies library has some interest to it. What matters is the buildings they occupy. The 1895 bank building is one of those old, gorgeous banks, but the Saxton house down the street is the real story here. A great story of a house on the edge of destruction that was rescued by some pretty terrific effort on the... More

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Alliance, Ohio
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

For my wife's birthday we spent a couple of days visiting four Canton museums. To say the least, the "welcome" we received at the bank building somewhat poisoned the rest of the visit. The staff member, who was somewhat inappropriately dressed in a sleeveless top seemed to blame for the fact that we arrived at 10am, a half hour before... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The National First Ladies Library was our destination so we were a bit under-whelmed. They didn't have as much on display as one would expect for a "National" museum. One positive was free admission as it was National Museum day. They had an interesting and entertaining film depicting Nancy Regan when she appeared on a tv show.

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