"First Ladies & the White House"



For the Classroom  ›  First Ladies and the White House

»  Primary Documents: The White House as Home and Symbol to John and Abigail Adams

»  Primary Documents: Dolley Madison, the White House and the War of 1812

»  Primary Documents: White House Tea and No Sympathy  ›  The DePriest Incident, 1929



Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day"

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



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 a DePriest family descendant.



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

Overview of the position of the White House Social Secretary.



From White House History  ›  

»  The Burning of the White House [e-Publication]

»  The Correspondence of David E. Finley and Jacqueline Kennedy [PDF]

»  White House Brides and Envisioned Flowers [PDF]

»  Fashion and Frugality: First Lady Sarah Polk [PDF]

»  The Gowns of Sarah Polk [Video]



Art Historian William Kloss On First Lady Portraits  ›  

»  DOLLEY MADISON [Audio]

»  LOUISA CATHERINE ADAMS [Audio]



An Artist Visits the White House Past  ›  

»  "Something Blue" First Lady Frances Cleveland, 1886

»  "The Confidant" First Lady Lucy Hayes, 1879

»  "The Splendid Mrs. Madison" First Lady Dolley Madison, 1810–1814



Special Tributes, Remembrances & Backgrounders  ›  

»  A Tribute to Pat Nixon

»  Betty Ford: A Very Special Lady

»  Lady Bird Johnson, A Birthday Tribute

»  True Colors: Mrs. Nixon and the White House Collection

»  The White House State Dinner [PDF]



White House Historical Association @ 50

In 1961 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy resolved to make the White House a "living museum," and initiated a three-part program to restore the historic integrity of the public rooms of the White House, to acquire a collection of fine and decorative arts, and to establish the White House Historical Association.


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