"The White House at War"

America Under Fire  ›  Mr. Madison's War & The Burning of Washington City

The young national capital became the epicenter of The War of 1812 with Great Britain during the summer of 1814. A presentation covering the prelude, destruction of the capital and aftermath.

White House History  ›  The Burning of the White House, by Anthony Pitch [PDF]

"Shortly before Mordechai Booth fled the capital on Wednesday, August 24, 1814, he rode over the President's House to see if anyone was still left inside." ... READ MORE

For the Classroom  ›  Lessons, Programs & Activities

»  In-School Programs: Civil War White House

»  Lessons 4-8: The White House at War, "Making History at the White House"

»  Lessons 9-12: Lincoln and the Civil War, "The Great Cause of Freedom"

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

»  Primary Documents: "Provoked by Pearl Harbor," FDR and Churchill (December, 1941)

Lincoln's Commute

During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln and his family resided seasonally in a cottage on the Soldiers' Home grounds, which offered quiet and relief from the heat of the city center. While living at the Cottage, Lincoln commuted to the White House daily, often passing the first National Cemetery, military hospitals, and a contraband camp along the way. What he witnessed were powerful reminders of the price and the promise of freedom.

The Spanish American War  ›  Picturing the President's House

"Signing of the Peace Protocol Between Spain and the United States, August 12, 1898" ... This famous depiction from the White House Collection of the signing ceremony that ended the Spanish American War is one of the hundreds of carefully chosen images that make up our educator / classroom resource: Picturing the President's House.

World War I  ›  White House FAQs

Why did President Woodrow Wilson keep a flock of sheep on the White House lawn?

World War II  ›  The White House at War

The online adaptation of an exhibit tracing the volatile, resilient and ultimately victorious days at the White House between December 1941 and August 1945.

For over a century, the West Wing and Oval Office have been the center of leadership during America's war-time efforts and military expeditions.

»  The West Wing Historical Timeline

»  The West Wing  ›  Workshop of Democracy

«  White House History Themes