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Address: 205 Market Ave. S, Canton, OH 44702
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The house once shared by President and Mrs. McKinley has been restored and...

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.

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My First Visit with the First Ladies!

The National First Ladies Library is in a beautiful old building and it's displays are well done and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed leisurely viewing the replica inaugural... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The National First Ladies Library is in a beautiful old building and it's displays are well done and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed leisurely viewing the replica inaugural gowns of the First Ladies. I enjoyed viewing the additional display cases with White House China and other items, viewing a well done video presentation and just looking at all the details of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The "Library" is a beautiful home that has been remodeled to best represent the McKinley family and how the family would have lived at the time. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. The historic site houses First Lady dresses. All the employees where incredibly knowledgeable. Would visit again!

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Thank Katerina S
Wooster, Ohio
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

If you want 'the rest of the story' this is a good place to start your research. It seems that much of our knowledge of many first ladies has focused on the more sensational stories. There is a tendency to forget these ladies were human beings with human frailties and strengths. You can get a more balanced picture starting here.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

The National First Ladies Library does an excellent job of presenting information about the countries first ladies. Yes, there are history buffs who will enjoy this site. Yet I don't feel it is a wide enough appeal for a large section of people. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, professional and more than willing to answer questions. Young children might not... More 

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a very interesting museum. Be prepared to climb stairs, though. Part of it is the Saxton House, which was the family home of Ida Saxton McKinley. Lots of info on the McKinleys along with our nation's First Ladies. Worth the trip.

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Ohio
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

I wanted to visit the First Ladies Library on the last full day of the Obama presidency. It is actually two attractions: the library itself is quite small and the former home of President William & Ida McKinley is down the street. Both had very interesting but not entirely authentic exhibits. The library had a display of reproductions of inaugural... More 

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Orinda, California
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

I visited the library and the Ida Saxton ( wife of William McKinley) home recently. The 2 sites are on a combined ticket and work well together. The library was good, but the Saxton mansion was great.

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Beverly Hills, California
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Women influenced elections and political issues long before they earned the right to vote as First Ladies, daughters, sisters,confidants and grandmothers. This library, resource center and museum is beautifully archived and filled with passionate stories about the women and men whose achievements framed and protected the constitution and it's republic.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

In the area tracing family history and searching for Geocaches. Made the find here and took time to learn about the first lady and her jobs she had before husband became president.

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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Went here for something to do, and I'm glad we did. Very interesting and the displays are very well done. Definitely worth the visit.

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