National First Ladies Library

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National First Ladies Library

National First Ladies Library
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Historic Sites • Libraries
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The First Ladies National Historic Site preserves, promotes and educates the public about the significant role of the First Ladies of the United States and their contributions throughout history. Located right in downtown Canton, the Site includes the Education and Research Center that houses the museum and current exhibit; and the Saxton McKinley House, the ancestral home of Canton’s own First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley. Admission is: $7/adults $6/seniors (62 and over) $5/youth (3-18) FREE for 2 and under **Discount available for America the Beautiful passholders** Current Hours of Operation are: November 1 - April 30: Open Fridays & Saturdays ONLY 9:00 am to 4:00 pm May 1 - October 31: Open 7 days a week 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Stuart M
14 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
I need to split my review between the First Ladies Museum and the Saxon House. The museum is not very impressive. It is very small and concentrates on the most recent women, although there was a small display on the McKinleys. On the other hand, the Saxon house was very nice. Many of the artifacts are original (not the elevator) and it has been renovated beautifully.
Written July 2, 2021
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Cory
Illinois96 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I’ve been to somewhere between 12-15 presidential related homes so far, and this is probably at the bottom of my list unfortunately. It wasn’t necessarily a BAD visit. Outside is nice, but something just didn’t sit right. It felt soulless, almost gutted. I felt like there wasn’t enough of the McKinleys’ artifacts(this was mainly Ida’s home, so maybe it wasn’t seen as necessary). I also seem to recall the gift shop being placed somewhere in the home that felt inappropriate. Like it should have been at the adjacent First Ladies building instead, which was included in the price, and was nice enough, if somewhat third rate. The real dresses at the Smithsonian kind of made the reproductions seem pointless. I’m sure there are additional dresses /garments in existence that could have been loaned to a National First Ladies site.

Like I said, just something off. The lady who worked at the bank building with the reproduction dresses(where the tour starts) was kind. My visit was Aug 2017 so I don’t recall her name. You also have to make reservations, which is odd because Americans aren’t exactly flocking here.

If you like presidential sites, don’t skip it. But the Hayes, Garfield, and Harding sites in OH alone had so many amazing unique attributes that this site right on the main commercial drag in Canton couldn’t compare for me.
Written May 18, 2020
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lakesider94
Wooster, OH34 contributions
Oct 2019
They have changed the museum to be more about a house than the first ladies. One room left of First Ladies items. Ok to visit if in area, but not worth a special trip.
Written January 4, 2020
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Amusementparkguy
Pataskala, OH1,285 contributions
Nov 2019
I decided that I wanted to visit all the museums and homesteads of the eight Presidents who came from Ohio, and then I learned about the First Ladies Museum, dedicated to the women who also helped to shape our country as they stood with their husbands (minus one, Buchanan who never married but had his niece fulfill this role). This museum has several artifacts and information about the First Ladies. A couple blocks away is the Saxton House, the home of Ida Saxton McKinley, one of the First Ladies. This should also be included on your tour. This home is absolutely beautiful. The tour guide has lots of great information about the house and the McKinley's.
Written November 10, 2019
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Shannan H
Fowler, OH31 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
Our troop was in the area and we made an impromptu stop. We decided to only visit the education center and revisit at a later date to take the guided tour. The girls completed the Jr. Ranger book and recieved a nice pin. The rangers were very nice and I would visit again.
Written November 9, 2019
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Barb W
Cleveland, OH50 contributions
Oct 2019
Definitely worth visiting. Be sure to allow enough time to watch the movie in the registration center. Our docent was knowledgable and kept our attention. Much of the house is not open to view but the sections that are are really interesting. FYI if you have a National Parks pass admission is free. It's not really a "must do" but it's interesting.
Written October 21, 2019
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974paulette
Ridge, NY56 contributions
Aug 2019
The Library is next door to the McKinley House. Wonderful tour with knowledgeable docent. The Library itself had a beautiful exhibit and film about the seven First Ladies from Ohio - beautiful items on display. Had a wonderful time!
Written October 8, 2019
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PhilOp48
Green Valley, AZ220 contributions
May 2019
This building is dedicated to Ohio's President's First Ladies. Each First Lady's exhibit is well done. The staff was well-informed and helpful. The parking lot is small so
choose the right day.
Written October 2, 2019
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Linda U
Greensboro, NC123 contributions
Sep 2019
The old architecture is worthy of the visit with its few displays of dresses and china, a nice gift shop area, and nice parlor that has a continuous spool video of the Ohio First Ladies and their important contributions is interesting and well-summarized. Fun facts. Enjoyed the Mckinley house tour for a small entry fee (use the National Park Pass discount). We parked for free in the lot behind the house.
Written September 27, 2019
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tjstech03
McMurray, PA33 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
This is tied in with the First Ladies National Historic site. Loved the house tour and the small museum. There was a video of all the Ohio First Ladies, as well as artifacts and clothing. I thought perhaps it was Germaine to all First Ladies, but it was focused on the Ohioans.
Written September 23, 2019
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