Ida McKinley made many pairs of slippers for charity. She crocheted this pair for a “Puritan Fair” at the First Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. Exhibitions, Crocheted Slippers, Congreg Church, 1901 Ida, Crochet Slippers, Mckinley Crochet, Slippers Crochet, 1890S, Charity Puritan
This is a pair of children's slippers from the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum's collection that was crocheted by Ida McKinley. Of the estimated 4000 pairs she made, the museum has 10 pairs in its collection (plus a single slipper that lost its mate before it was donated to us!). We would love to know how many other pairs of her slippers are out there!
Helen Taft’s green satin Manchu-style coat is embroidered with spring and summer symbols of goldfish and lotus flowers, but is lined with fleece. The fur trim is not typical of the Chinese style and was probably added as a custom order.
Evening Gown, Lottie Barton, Baltimore: ca. 1893–1897, silk with fur-edged hem and satin and jet trim. Frances Cleveland wore this gown during Grover Cleveland's second administration. Housed in the "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" Gallery (expanded and re-opened 11/19/2011) of the National Museum of American History.
Dress: 1840's, brocaded silk with design of poinsettias. Worn by Sarah Polk. "It was remade as an evening gown, probably for her niece, in the 1880s." Housed in the "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" Gallery (expanded and re-opened 11/19/2011) of the National Museum of American History.
Dressing a first lady mannequin, Arts and Industries Building, 1915. Cassie Julian-James (left) and Rose Gouverneur Hoes (right), founders of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection, dress a mannequin in a gown worn by Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of President John Quincy Adams.
First lady Helen Taft enthusiastically supported the establishment of the National Museum of [American] History's First Ladies collection. When asked to contribute a dress to the exhibition, she chose the gown she wore to her husband’s 1909 inauguration. Her choice established a precedent for future first ladies and each one since who attended an inaugural ball has donated the gown she wore to that event.
Flapper-Style Evening Dress: ca. 1923–1929, velvet rimmed metallic lace over lamé under-dress. Worn by Grace Coolidge. Housed in the "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" Gallery (expanded and re-opened 11/19/2011) of the National Museum of American History.