First Ladies Exhibit, NMHT, Blue Room

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Setting shows the Blue Room as it looked during the administration (1869-1877) of President Ulysses S. Grant. The exhibit is the dresses (from right to left) of Julia Dent Grant (1826-1902) ; Lucy Webb Hayes (1831-1889); Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (1832-1918 ); Mary Arthur McElroy (1841-1917), sister of President Arthur; Rose Elizabeth Cleveland (1846-1918), sister of President Cleveland; and Caroline Scott Harrison (1832-1892) and her daughter Mary Harrison McKee (1858-1930),representing the administration of President Benjamin Harrison. The lavish decorations of the room and the heavily embroidered and beaded dresses characterize this period of the bustle. The exhibit opened in the new National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, in 1964.


  • Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph
  • Grant, Julia Dent
  • McElroy, Mary Arthur
  • Harrison, Caroline Scott
  • Hayes, Lucy Webb
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • National Collections


Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 20, Folder: 3

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. late 1960s

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  • Women
  • Artifacts
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Costume
  • Clothing and dress
  • Exhibitions
  • Gifts
  • McKee, Mary Harrison
  • First Ladies Gowns
  • History
  • Museum mannequins
  • Presidents
  • Costumes
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Women--History


United States


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

P65460 D

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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