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White House History Live starts now!🚨 Biographer Jeffrey Frank will discuss his book, “The Trials of Harry S. Truman.” Tune in:youtube.com/watch?v=idOdbA…2
🗣Calling all teachers! It's not too late to register for our free Virtual White House History Teacher Institute, coming up in early August. For more information, visitwhitehousehistory.org/events/white-h…d
Incredible panel discussion this morning with the Decatur House Advisory Council - Historian Dr. Matthew Costello, archaeologist Julianna Jackson, and a member of the Syphax descendent community Stephen Hammond. #whhti22 @WhiteHouseHstry
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While nowhere near as grand as the White House, the Trumans were fond of Blair House and worked to make it homely and workable as their temporary residence. They even replicated mini versions of State Rooms of the White House! Image: @StateDept
Did you know that for almost three and a half years of his presidency, President Harry S. Truman and his family did not live in the White House? In November 1948 after returning from vacation, President and First Lady Truman moved into Blair House, the President’s Guest House.
We’re excited to kick off week 1, day 1 of our in-person White House History Teacher Institute! 90 teachers from across the U.S. are joining us over the next three weeks to learn about the history of the White House and the people and events that shaped it. #WHHTI22
Want to win a White House Historical Association prize pack? Create your own White House rendition in one of the following categories: 🍪 Food ✄ Arts and Crafts 🍂Nature Contest closes on 7/31. Get more details and submit:
#OTD in 1961, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Kennedy hosted the first State Dinner outside the White House. They hosted President Mohammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan and his daughter, Begum Nasir Akhtar Aurangzeb at Mount Vernon (pictured). Image: @JFKLibrary
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was admired for her signature style, however, her fashion sense was guided by more than just her taste and eye for trends! Diplomacy and historical context also guided Mrs. Kennedy’s iconic fashion sense.
Add the John Quincy Adams ornament to your collection today: shop.whitehousehistory.org/collections/or…
Happy Birthday to John Quincy Adams, our 6th president (1825-1829), born on this day in 1767. whitehousehistory.org/bios/john-quin…
On March 17, 1941, President Roosevelt dedicated the National Gallery of Art to the American people. During his speech, he acknowledged the importance of great works of art being available for the public to enjoy, as they “belong so obviously to all who love them” Image: @ngadc
On March 24, 1937, Congress passed legislation establishing the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall. Mellon died in August 1937 before the completion of the gallery in 1940.
Established by congressional legislation on March 24, 1937, the National Gallery of Art has become one of the world’s most renowned collections of classical art. Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon began planning this art museum in 1928.
President Richard Nixon’s environmentalism is often overlooked, but it was a hallmark of his time in the White House. #OTD in 1970, he informed Congress of plans to establish the @EPA  and @NOAA.  Image: @USNatArchives
#DYK that before the 1960s, presidents could sell or change White House furniture at will? Not until the Kennedy administration did the collection start being preserved. Saturday starting at 2pm ET on @cspan 2, sessions from @WhiteHouseHstry's conference on historic preservation.
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Happy Birthday to a dear friend of @WhiteHouseHstry Chef #RolandMesnier, executive pastry chef at the @WhiteHouse from 1979-2004 and an enthusiastic ambassador for White House history! I spoke with him by phone today and, as always, he’s still a great inspiration!
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@WhiteHouseHstry President @WHhistoryPres introduces @bartlett_sher at the #DecaturHouse, with legendary opera singer @denycegraves, for a conversation on the intersection of arts and American history #WHHA
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Long before she came to the White House, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was riding horses as early as age one! Her mother, Janet Bouvier, was an accomplished rider and ensured Jacqueline (pictured) followed in her footsteps. Image: @JFKLibrary
This lunch at #DecaturHouse also included former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark and current U.S. Chief of Protocol @rufusgifford (right). The Chief of Protocol is a government official who oversees security, logistics and etiquette in diplomatic and national functions. (2/2)
Wednesday @WHhistoryPres had a lunch with thought leaders and welcomed American storyteller and Tony Award-winning director of #ToKillAMockingbird @bartlett_sher (far left), mezzo soprano @denycegraves (second from left), and CNN anchor @abbydphillip (far right) (1/2).
Eleven years later, on April 28, 1988, Lady Bird Johnson returned to the White House once again. This time, President Ronald Reagan presented her with the Congressional Gold Medal, an honor awarded by Congress. Video: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
What’s your favorite getaway? Visiting Camp David in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland has been a presidential tradition since 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt selected the site as a personal retreat from the White House.  Image: @FDRLibrary
former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson returned to the White House to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Gerald R. Ford, in the East Room (pictured). Image: @Ford_Library
The Presidential #MedalofFreedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are two of the highest civilian honors awarded in the U.S. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 11085, establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Image: Official White House Photo
Happy Birthday to George W. Bush, our 43rd president (2001-2009), born on this day in 1946. whitehousehistory.org/bios/george-w-…
The Bidens will celebrate a granddaughter's wedding at the White House in November. What were past weddings like on the world's biggest stage? @WhiteHouseHstry gives us a look.   usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
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First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy once said, “The White House belongs to the American people.” Due to her life-long appreciation for art & culture, she worked tirelessly to preserve it for future generations. Image: @JFKLibrary
You can read the incredible details and see more photos in the column: usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
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In addition, to the procession, rockets were set off from multiple sites throughout the city that evening, a precursor to the fireworks that current day celebrants of the Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. witness each year.
On July 5, 1824, a patriotic procession stopped in front of the White House, where President James Monroe, his son-in-law George Hay, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Secretary of War John Calhoun, joined the parade, and a large American flag was erected.  Image: WHHA
Since Thomas Jefferson first opened doors to the public on Independence Day in 1801 for a celebration featuring the Marine Band and horse races, the White House has stood as the site of various iterations of Independence Day commemoration. Image: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Happy #FourthOfJuly! As the home of the President of the U.S. and a central feature of Washington, D.C., the White House has long been an inviting backdrop for Fourth of July celebrations.  Image: White House Historical Association
Add the Calvin Coolidge ornament to your collection today: shop.whitehousehistory.org/collections/or…
Happy Birthday to Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president (1923-1929), born on this day in 1872. whitehousehistory.org/bios/calvin-co…
In July 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment proposed the first constitutional definition of American citizenship by granting it to “all persons born or naturalized in the U.S,” including formerly enslaved people. Image: @librarycongress
ICYMI: Check out @WHhistoryPres USA Today column! Learn more about the White House weddings in our new educational initiative to educate Americans about White House history and its relevance to our daily lives, here: usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
But First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt worked with civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune to have Black WAC members serve abroad. Resulting in the creation of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, where they assisted with war correspondence. Image: @USNatArchives
On July 1, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation to create the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), providing benefits and more in the U.S. Army. Despite these strides to bolster gender equality, Black women faced discrimination and segregation in the WAC.
Send us a photo of your unique creation in one of three categories – baking, nature, and arts & crafts – for a chance to win a holiday-inspired prize basket and be featured on our social media. Submit your creation by July 31st here:  whitehousehistory.wufoo.com/forms/z5kepnt1…
Join us by entering our White House Gingerbread Building Contest, running from July 1 - 31! A fun, summer family activity, we’re calling for home- or nature-made renditions of the gingerbread White House using materials found in your kitchen, backyard, or local craft store.
Did you know holiday planning in the White House Pastry Kitchen begins in the summer? We’re leaning into this tasty tradition with this year’s design of the Official White House Christmas Ornament, the White House in gingerbread, and our White House Gingerbread Building Contest!
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower made significant contributions to the White House interiors and collection during her 8 years in the Executive Mansion. Learn more about her contributions in today’s article:
Learn more about White House weddings in the inaugural column in our new educational initiative – a monthly @USATODAY piece by @WHhistoryPres that will help educate Americans about White House history & its relevance to our daily lives. @usatodayopinion usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
As the “People’s House,” weddings at the White House have been of great interest to the public. The ceremonies have long been national affairs, with more recent events like Tricia Nixon’s 1971 wedding drawing hundreds of reporters and tons of press coverage. Video: @NixonLibrary
There have been siblings, like Dolley Madison’s sister, Lucy Payne Washington; daughters, like Lynda Johnson to Charles Robb; and even presidents themselves, like President Grover Cleveland’s marriage to Frances Folsom. Image: @LBJLibrary
Did you know more than a dozen family weddings have been held at the White House? Image: White House Historical Association
Excited & honored to announce my new monthly @WhiteHouseHstry column for @USATODAY. First up, how presidential families have balanced a family #wedding in the public spotlight. @usatodayopinion #WHHA #WhiteHouse  usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
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Did you know White House chefs begin holiday preparations in the summer? Join us & @cshogan276 , on July 7 at 5:30 pm, for an evening exploring different Executive Mansion traditions in a special edition of History Happy Hour: Trivia Night! RSVP today: whitehousehistory.org/events/history…
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