Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for all ages
Join us for the opening weekend of the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery and its inaugural exhibition, Saving Washington, about First Lady Dolley Madison!
The “lady presidentress” didn’t just save a painting of George Washington during the War of 1812—she was the most influential woman in Washington even before her husband became commander-in-chief! She helped fund the Lewis and Clark expedition, repair the White House, and build the Washington Monument, among other things.
Meet Dolley and hear her story of navigating fame and Washington, DC. See her early 19th-century gown and accessories up close. Dolley was famous for meeting everyone important, so don’t miss your chance to be a somebody!
Bass Otis, Mrs. James Madison (1768-1849), Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan, New-York Historical Society 1867.308.