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Betty C. Monkman served more than thirty years in the Office of the Curator, The White House, retiring as Chief Curator in 2002. She is the author of The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families and Treasures of the White House, and she is a frequent contributor to White House History. In this interview with White House historian William Bushong, Monkman discusses the nature of the White House as a home to the first family, the role of its workers and staff, and the labor force behind its physical construction.


The Clintons moving van arrives at the White House from Little Rock, January 20, 1993.

Inauguration day is also moving day. In view of the frantic nature of many election campaigns, it is amazing that there has never been an interruption in the lawful exchange of residents at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Clintons moving van arrives at the White House from Little Rock, January 20, 1993. White House Photo