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National First Ladies' Library

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Saxton McKinley House

Tour Guides at the First Ladies National Historic Site interpret the history of First Ladies through the story of Canton Ohio's own First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley. Our guides are specially trained onsite using various resources to give tours and convery to the public the importance of First Lady History and its impact on American History.

Tour Guide duties also include:

  • Welcoming guests to our site
  • Staying up to date on First Lady history to remain knowledgeable on the topic
  • Answering visitor questions related to First Ladies, our organization, the National Park Service and the Canton area
  • Keeping track of time to ensure tours stay on track

Qualifications and Requirements include:

  • Volunteers must be able to commit to a schedule of 8 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months. Training as a tour guide typically takes 2-3 months alone, depending on the individual.
  • Must be comfortable working with people of various backgrounds, beliefs and interests
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Attend yearly continuing education training
  • Professional dress attire is required
Volunteer shifts are available Tuesdays thru Saturdays in 4 hour increments: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Our site is NOT open to the public in the evenings. To fill out a volunteer application, please visit and search First Ladies National Historic Site.

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About National First Ladies' Library



Mission Statement

As the first and only facility of its kind, the National First Ladies' Library serves as a unique national resource for patrons from school children to serious scholars. As a national archive devoted to educating people about the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history, the Library's holdings fill an informational void that has long frustrated academicians and armchair history buffs alike. The Library fulfills this mission by serving as a physical educational facility and an electronic virtual library, in an effort to educate people in the United States and around the world.


Located in 2 buildings, the National First Ladies' Library provides interpretive tours to the general public on the achievements of our nation's First Ladies and the life of Ohio First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley. Educational programs for people of various ages are also available throughout the year.


We'll work with your schedule.


331 Market Avenue SouthCanton, OH 44702



  • History
  • People Skills
  • Storytelling
  • Public Speaking
  • General Education


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours per month

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