Arkansas First Lady Lucille Laney, 1945-1949

Old State House Museum - Thursday, August 27, 2015

In the lead-up to the First Ladies’ Lunch on Tuesday, October 6, we will feature each of the dresses on our blog at To buy tickets to the First Ladies’ lunch and help to preserve the Old State House’s collection of dresses, please contact Sammye Johnston at (501) 664-1879 or [email protected]

In 1945, when Lucille Kirtley Laney became First Lady of Arkansas, the Old State House was not yet a museum. Within a decade of her term as first lady, the Old State House would be established as a museum, and the first ladies’ gown exhibit would be a cornerstone of its exhibits.

Mrs. Laney’s gown is a black dress made of a synthetic lace fabric and trimmed with aqua grosgrain ribbon sash. She was married to Governor Benjamin Travis Laney, the 33rd Governor of Arkansas, and was first lady from 1945-1949.