GRAND ENTRANCE: Inaugural Pomp and Couture
GRAND ENTRANCE: Inaugural Pomp and Couture
GRAND ENTRANCE: Inaugural Pomp and Couture
GRAND ENTRANCE: Inaugural Pomp and Couture
GRAND ENTRANCE: Inaugural Pomp and Couture
Trials of the Campaign Trail
A Gift to Cherish: September 17, 2015 - February 26, 2016
Forgotten First Ladies: January 20th - September 11th, 2015 Read more here.
Mom-in-Chief: May 22nd to January 9th Read more here.
The Art of First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson: American Impressionist

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All tours are guided and spaces are limited! 

  • TOUR HOURS: For tour reservations call 330-452-0876, ext 320 Reservations highly recommended for all to insure you will get the tour time of your choice.  Reservations REQUIRED for groups of 6 or more.  Frequently large bus tours take all openings at particular times. 
    Monday: CLOSED, no tours

    Tuesday-Saturday: Open for Tours 9 am - 3 pm -- Last Guided Tour at the Saxton House begins @ 3 pm
  • Sunday tours are available during the months of June, July & August.  Afternoons only

LARGE (Bus tours, etc.),groups of 6 or more should make special arrangements by contacting or emailing 330-452-0876 x 313 


National First Ladies’ Library Hires Jennifer Highfield, New CEO

To Lead Organization Through Next Phase of Expansion


The National First Ladies’ Library (NFLL) announced today that its board of directors has hired Jennifer Highfield as the organization’s new CEO, effective January 2. 


“The National First Ladies’ Library is thrilled to welcome Jennifer as our new CEO,” said William P. Blair III, chairman of the board of the NFLL.  “We feel that in Jennifer we have found the right person to take our founder Mary Regula’s dream of creating a national center of research on the important role First Ladies played in our nation’s history to the next level.”


Highfield brings with her over 20 years of professional experience in the non-profit sector.  Working with a variety of arts organizations in Ohio, Georgia and Indiana, she has proven to be a successful fundraiser, team builder, and involved community member. 


Highfield most recently served as the Director of Advancement for the West Side Catholic Center, a large social service agency in Cleveland.  In that time, she raised over $10 million for programming and capital improvement projects; implemented an organizational rebranding and comprehensive marketing and communication program; developed an active Associate Board; and significantly increased individual charitable and in-kind support. 


In other roles and consulting positions, Highfield has lead strategic planning exercises, created public programming, developed outcome strategies and lead Board, Advisory Board and Associate Board development exercises. She received her Master’s in Art History from Kent State University and her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Akron.


The growing reputation of the National First Ladies’ Library is no secret,” said Highfield.  “I am looking forward to building on the solid foundation laid by Mary Regula, staff, trustees, and supporters.  We have an incredible opportunity to share the past, present and future of the First Ladies with visitors, and to engage the nation in an ongoing dialogue about them and many first women of the United States. The strength of the exhibitions, public programs and educational outreach justifies expansion, and I hope I can help bring the NFLL the resources and recognition it deserves.”


About National First Ladies Library

Founded by Mary Regula, wife of former US Representative Ralph Regula, in 1995, the National First Ladies’ Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to preserve, promote and educate about the significant role of First Ladies of the USA and their contributions throughout history.  The organization operates and manages the First Ladies National Historic Site in a partnership agreement with the National Park Service.  In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed a bill establishing the First Ladies National Site as the 380th unit of the National Park Service. The site consists of the Ida Saxton McKinley House, the family home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the longtime residence of William and Ida McKinley, and the Education and Research Center. The Ed Center has exhibit space, a Victorian theatre, a research library, conference and seminar rooms, archival storage and processing rooms, and administrative offices.


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We will begin offering a $2 discount on tour admission to all Stark County residents on Thursdays & Saturdays during the months of December, January & February!     

The Fine Print:        

1.  The discount will apply only to full tours – people who want to tour the Ed Ctr. only or the Saxton House only will not receive a discount.      

2.  Group tours are excluded from the discount.       

3.  No other discounts apply – if someone has an NPS park pass, they will not be given the park pass discount AND the locals discount                            

Reservations:  330-452-0876 


William & Ida McKinley's Easter Egg Roll 


March 24, 2018 / 1-3 pm 

President William McKinley & First Lady, Ida McKinley, invite children to participate in an Easter Egg Roll remininscent of those that took place on the White House lawn during the McKinley administration.

Accompanied by adults, children should bring TWO (2) hard boiled eggs to the event.  Children in categories ages 2-4, 5-7 & 8-10 will be awarded prizes for the first, second & third place.  Special stories will be read by both President & Mrs. McKinley.  Children may also enter an egg decorating contest.  The McKinley Presidential Library and Museum & The First Ladies National Historic Site are partnering for this historic first time event to be held on the grounds of the McKinley Museum.


330-452-0876 Ext. 320

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New Exhibit


Life in a Gilded Cage is an exhibition that spotlights the official and public duties shared by all First Ladies and how their role has expanded throughout history. Themes include those served by a First Lady on the national stage as hostess of the White House, international ambassador, campaigner, fashion symbol, and Honorary National President of the Girl Scouts.