"The Half Had Not Been Told Me"  ›  African Americans in Lafayette Square, 1795-1965

Lafayette Square—known first as President's Square—is a landscape with a rich and varied African-American history. Prior to emancipation, both free and enslaved African-Americans lived and worked on the Square.

The White House Easter Egg Roll

The annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House has been a regular public event since 1878 and a subject of interest to Americans across the country.

A Tempest in a Teapot  ›  The Depriest Tea Incident

A presentation examining the racial politics of First Lady Lou Hoover's Invitation of Jessie DePriest to a White House Tea in 1929, from the perspectives of the first lady, the DePriests, and DePriest family descendants.

Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day"

A selection of Eleanor Roosevelt's syndicated columns, background essays and video commentary with Allida Black.

The White House Social Secretary  ›  Welcoming the World to the President's House

There is no guidebook for social secretaries to follow when they begin their job at the White House. An overview of the position of the White House Social Secretary.

Presidential Funerals

Before the death of William Henry Harrison in 1841, there was no established form for official mourning and funerals of presidents who died in office. It was clear that the death of a president called for a formal ceremony with symbolism suitable to the dignity of the state  »  Read More

Christmas Tree Themes

Explore the celebration of Christmas at the White House through the yearly tradition of tree & card themes begun by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961.

Art in the White House

From his September 2008 presentation at the Smithsonian, art historian and White House Collection expert, William Kloss, guides this audio tour of eleven of the more notable pieces of artwork in The White House collection.

White House Halloween  ›  In The Spirit of the Season

A documentary that scares up the "Ghosts & Hosts," the "Legends & Lore" of the White House at Halloween

The White House Time Machine

An audio & video media timeline of landmark events in the history of the White House and the presidency, including dramatic voiceover re-creations of newspaper and eyewitness accounts