From George Washington to George Bush, America's presidents are the men who have left the most considerable imprints on the country's history.
And at the side of each was a first lady, reluctant and reserved or outgoing and progressive, each contributing something to the story of government.Thursday, they paraded through the halls of Bonneville Elementary School in the Salt Lake District, mini versions of America's leaders.
Then they presented an assembly for the school's student body (it will be repeated tonight for parents), highlighting the lives of the presidents and their first ladies.
Among the items of historic interest shared:
George and Martha Washington: (Ben Henderson and Jessica Poulton) George presided over the birth of the United States, a turbulent time. He was partial to peanut soup, ham and "Martha's Whiskey Cake." For Martha, her commitment included traveling with her husband as he headed the Continental Army, caring for him and for his beleaguered soldiers.
Thomas and Martha Jefferson: (Christopher Lee and Amy Nelson) Inventor and farmer, he was the first president to grow a tomato. He pushed the Louisiana Purchase, a land acquisition that increased the size of the United States enormously.
James and Dolly Madison: (Jacob Pugsley and Brittany Koplin) At 5 foot, 4 inches and weighing just 100 pounds, James nevertheless steered the country through a period of significant growth. Dolly turned her hand to redecorating the White House.
John and Julia Tyler: (Brian Platt and Merrilee Lloyd) He was on the floor playing marbles when notified of his successful election to the nation's highest office. He had 15 children.
James and Sarah Polk: (David Orme and Andrea Clegg) They saw the invention of the telegraph and gas lights. Sarah, because of religious convictions, preferred state dinners and cultural events in the White House to more sophisticated parties.
Abraham and Mary Lincoln: (Dan Peterson and Jacque Shiffer) One of America's best remembered presidents, he was a common man who carried gloves - in his pocket. Mary was excited to be first lady but found the Civil War left little time or resources for the social life she craved.
Rutherford B. and Lucy Hayes: (Brandin Lewis and Becky Parker) He talked to Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, over the "vast distance" of 16 miles. Lucy was the first president's wife to be a college graduate. She was proud of her nickname, "Lemonade Lucy," prompted by her conservative entertainment style that precluded alcoholic beverages.
George and Barbara Bush: (Matt and Elizabeth Ret) One of the first objectives for the new president is putting a horseshoe pit on the White House grounds. They are very family oriented and expect to have some or all of the 28 members of their clan for frequent visits.