Flagler Museum Honored with a Visit by First Ladies

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach was honored with a visit by the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for a tour of the museum on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The First Ladies were guided by Flagler Museum’s Board of Trustees Treasurer, and great-grandson of Henry Flagler, William M. Matthews, and Executive Director Erin Manning, who imparted the story of Henry Flagler, his winter home Whitehall, now the Flagler Museum, and America’s Gilded Age.

The tour showcased the splendor of Whitehall’s Grand Hall, Drawing Room, formal Dining Room, Grand Ballroom, and Music Room. The First Ladies also visited the Flagler Kenan Pavilion, which houses Henry Flagler’s Railcar No. 91. The special guests enjoyed a performance of the “Anvil Chorus” from the opera Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, one of Henry Flagler’s favorite pieces, on the Music Room’s 1,249-pipe Odell organ. It was an exciting and educational experience for all involved.

Each year, the Flagler Museum hosts almost 100,000 visitors from virtually every state in the Union, and dozens of countries around the world.