First Ladies: Style of Influence examines how the role of the first lady has evolved over time, and how first ladies have used their position to advance diplomacy and other social, cultural, and political initiatives.
The impact of first ladies, including Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Dolley Madison, Michelle Obama, and Eleanor Roosevelt, will be viewed through themes presented in the Bush Institute's landmark research report, A Role Without a Rulebook: The Influence and Leadership of Global First Ladies. Visitors will explore how American first ladies have served as hostess, teammate, champion, and policy advocate, all within the context of the changing American political and cultural landscape.
In addition to rare photographs and historic documents, artifacts on display will include Eleanor Roosevelt's black evening gown, Dolley Madison's snuff-box, and Lou Hoover’s original Girl Scout uniform and Cine-Kodak movie camera. As their stories unfold, visitors will learn the challenges and rewards of a position that is reimagined by each person who holds it.