First Ladies – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery – Livestream Program –

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  • First Ladies – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
    – Livestream Program –

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Register HERE

    Join us for an online/virtual tour of the First Ladies exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.


    The nation’s first ladies have influenced American history and culture since Martha Washington stepped into the role in 1789. They are, of course, tasked with picking out place settings and hosting parties, but beyond the walls of the White House, each one of them has left an indelible mark. They have also drawn attention to important social issues, altering the ways in which Americans think about themselves and one another.


    “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States,” is the first major exhibition to explore the historical significance of this prominent position through the mode of portraiture. The exhibition will span nearly 250 years, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump, and will feature more than 60 portraits of the First Ladies, alongside related ephemera including iconic dresses. The exhibit is on view Nov. 13 through May 23, 2021, although the museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.


    Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture. Robert earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Michigan, spent the first two years of his career at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Robert is not employed by the Smithsonian – this program is presented by Washington, DC History & Culture.

    Zoom Connection:

    This educational and entertaining program is open to all regardless of age, geographic location, etc. and since it is an online/virtual event via Zoom you can connect from anywhere in the world.

    This is a free program – voluntary donations greatly appreciated to support our non-profit community programs.

    Zoom events have a limit on the number of people that can participate and therefore the event may “sell-out” once a certain number of registrations has been reached.


    Zoom Connection Link Will Be Emailed:

    Login info will emailed approximately 8-24 hours prior to the event.

    If you haven’t received the Zoom connection an hour before the event please contact us.

    Zoom Connection Link – Click (or Copy and Paste) and Follow the Instructions:



    Zoom Connection Suggestions:

    Connecting to Zoom a few minutes early is strongly recommended.

    This is a visual presentation so the bigger device screen that you can use the better.

    To join the event simply click the Zoom link that is emailed separately and follow the instructions.

    If clicking the link doesn’t work you can try copying and pasting it instead.

    Depending on the device Zoom may work better in some browsers/devices than others – if one doesn’t work try another.

    If you are disconnected for any reason just reconnect.

    When all else fails please read and follow the directions. : )




    This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture:

    “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”


    For more entertaining and educational programs visit us at:






    We look forward to seeing you – thanks!


    Robert Kelleman

    Washington, DC History & Culture

    202-821-6325 (text only)

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