This display focuses on a remarkable 19th-century document that the Museum has recently meticulously conserved. Thomas Jefferson assembled a private text in 1820, using excerpts from the Four Gospels of the New Testament in Greek, Latin, French, and English. His aim was to tell a chronological version of Jesus’ life and distill his moral philosophy. Starting November 11 you will also be able to explore every page of the artifact online in high resolution.
The new exhibition explores the unofficial but important position of first lady and the ways that different women have shaped the role to make their own contributions to the presidential administrations and the nation. More than two dozen gowns will be on view, including those worn by Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. Note: No First Ladies gowns will be on view Tuesday, November 1, through Friday, November 18.
Grammy Award-winning vocalist and musician Esperanza Spalding donated the dress she wore during her performance at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring President Barack Obama.