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The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection by Lisa Kathleen Graddy & Amy Pastan

I know it's been a while since I posted a review.  I was reading a book, and it took forever and a day.  Okay, really it took most of February, but I finally finished it, and that review is forthcoming.  I was flipping through my notebook, and I found the notes for this book review that I'd forgotten about and hadn't posted yet.  So here it is!

I saw an ad for this book in Smithsonian magazine, and I thought, hmmm.  That sounds interesting.  The library now has a copy of The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection, and if you have an interest in presidential history, women's history, or fashion history, I recommend you check out this book.  You won't regret it.

The book contains a brief history of the collection as well as an overview that includes photos of selected items in the collection, such as gowns, jewelry, china, and other memorabilia, including photo copies of the invitations for two weddings that took place in the White House.  Photos of each first lady'…