Finding Out Firsts for Silent Cal in Northampton, Massachusetts
Calvin Coolidge bore the nickname “Silent Cal,” so the modest presidential library and museum seems fitting. The memorabilia from his long political career, from mayor of Northampton to the thirtieth President of the United States, display his early-twentieth century approach to politics, which seems both quaint and straightforward compared to today. You can see a headdress given to him when he was named an honorary member of the Sioux nation and a bedspread crocheted by First Lady Grace Coolidge for the Lincoln bedroom. Interesting firsts from the Coolidge administration: he lighted the first national Christmas tree (in 1923), and his was the first inaugural address broadcast via radio (in 1925).