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Herbert Hoover Museum Opens First Lady Exhibit

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WEST BRANCH, Iowa - A new exhibit titled "America's First Ladies" opens Saturday at The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch.

The exhibit features more than 50 items from first ladies throughout history. Much of the exhibit displays the fashion worn by the women of the White House.

First ladies are often looked to as style icons,and the dresses in the exhibit were worn by Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Jacqueline Kennedy, and many others. There are also other artifacts, like opera glasses and a fan belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln, although no one knows for sure if they are the ones she had with her that infamous night at Ford's Theater.

The items in the exhibit come from museums and personal collections across the country, so this is the only time they can all be seen together. Not all pieces in the exhibit are original; some dresses of the earliest first ladies are reproductions.

"America's First Ladies" exhibit is open April 19 through October 26. The Hoover Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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