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Changes Coming to First Families Exhibit at Old State House Museum

Old State House Museum - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Changes are coming to one of the Old State House Museum's most popular exhibits.

The Old State House Museum is renovating its First Families Exhibit to tell the deeper stories of the First Ladies and Governors. The new First Ladies exhibit will no longer be just about the inaugural gowns, but about the changing role of the first ladies. Interviews with the former first ladies and governors and even the descendants of the past governors and first ladies have been conducted to capture more about them and their accomplishments.

The First Families Exhibit redo will have two parts, the First Ladies Gallery and the Governors Gallery.

Other features to be added include:

First Ladies Gallery

  • A video of interview highlights
  • More sophisticated cases and lighting improvements to appropriately showcase the First Ladies Gowns while protecting the fabrics.
  • More inclusive access for disabled on same pathway as others
  • The exhibit will discuss conservation of the gowns. The fragile gowns will be placed in a special case with a slanted board to take the stress off the gown. These gowns will be rotated every six months.
  • A touchscreen interactive where the visitor can choose to learn more about a specific First Lady

Rendering of First Families exhibit

Governors Gallery

  • A video of interview highlights
  • A graphic timeline of campaign milestones
  • A touchscreen interactive where the visitor can choose to learn more about a specific Governor
  • A “ State of the Union” green screen interactive which will allow the visitor to make an address and be recorded. They will download the recording to a smart phone to take with them.
  • A visitor feedback station with computer kiosk

Rendering of First Families exhibit

The First Ladies Gallery will be completed by June 2018, with the Governor’s Gallery to follow.