President and Mrs. Eisenhower at the First Ladies Gowns Exhibit

ID: 2002-10613

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1955

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 56 Folder 32

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"As President [Dwight David] Eisenhower turns away laughing, his wife [Mamie Eisenhower] also grins as she takes a closer look at the wedding gown she wore July 1, 1916, when she married the Chief Executive. The President and his wife, helping officially to open a 'First Lady's' inaugural gown exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution May 24, walked to a nearby alcove to see the wedding gown on display." The new First Ladies Gowns exhibit in the Arts and Industries Building was part of the Exhibits Modernization Program.


  • Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David) 1890-1969
  • Eisenhower, Mamie Doud 1896-
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum
  • Exhibits Modernization Program United States National Museum
  • First Ladies Hall
  • National Collections
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • United States President
  • First Ladies Exhibit


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Original negative number is 1494, but that negative has been lost.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 56 Folder 32

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  • First Ladies Gowns
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  • Women--History


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Color: Black and White; Size: 9w x 7h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print

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