Abigail Adams wrote a letter to John Adams on May 31, 1776, urging her husband and his colleagues in the Continental Congress to “remember the ladies” as they drafted plans for a new country. This Presidents Day, I urge you to do the same.

As a series producer for C-SPAN’s “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” I was fortunate to travel to nearly every town, house, church, school, museum, library, train station and cemetery that tells the story of every first lady from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.

So as you plan your historical adventures for this Presidents Day weekend, here are a handful of places I highly recommend.

Let’s start at the beginning …