Inside the White House


Chapter Seven: Entertaining, Celebrating, and the Holidays  ›

First New Year's Day reception: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 85

Hoover ends New Year's Day reception: Hal Elliott Wert, Hoover the Fishing President: Portrait of the Private Man and His Life Outdoors (Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2005), 210

Christmas trees: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 573; Albert J. Menendez, Christmas in the White House (Philadelphia, Pa.: Westminster Press, 1983), 33

Theodore Roosevelt family Christmas: Menendez, Christmas in the White House, 39-40; "The Roosevelt White House at Christmas," White House Historical Association, accessed November 8, 2013

Ellipse holiday celebrations: C. L. Arbelbide, "A Brief History of the National Christmas Tree," National Park Service, accessed November 8, 2013; Menendez, Christmas in the White House, 40-41

First Lady Christmas tree themes: Coleen Christian Burke, Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama (San Rafael, Calif.: Insight Editions, 2011), 13, 43, 115, 134, 139; Anita Kumar, "Michelle Obama Shows White House Christmas Cheer," Miami Herald, November 28, 2012; Jennifer Boswell Pickens, Christmas at the White House (Dallas, Tex.: Fife and Drum Press, 2009)

Easter egg roll: C. L. Arbelbide, "With Easter Monday You Get Egg Roll at the White House," Prologue 32 (Spring 2000); Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 486; Ann Morrill, Easter, Passover, and Other Spring Festivals (New York: Chelsea House, 2009), 92-93; "White House Bans Easter Egg Rolling To Save Food," Washington Post, March 21, 1948; Dorothy McCardle, "Personalities," Washington Post, April 20, 1976

Souvenir eggs: Michael Goldfarb, "Personalities," Washington Post, April 21, 1981

Fourth of July celebration: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 106-107; Elise K. Kirk, Music at the White House: History of the American Spirit (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986), 28-29

Turkey presentations to presidents; Presidential turkey "pardons": Karen Davis, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (New York: Lantern Books, 2001), 114-119

Harding Girls' Club airmail of turkey: "Turkey in Goggles and Sweater Flies in Aero to Harding," Washington Post, November 22, 1921

"This guy [has] been granted": Martha Sherrill, "The Gift of Gobble: Bush and the National Thanksgiving Bird," Washington Post, November 18, 1989

King David Kalakaua state dinner: R.S. Kuykendall, The Hawaiian Kingdom: 1874-1893, The Kalakaua Dynasty (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1967), 23; Poppy Cannon and Patricia Brooks, The President's Cookbook: Practical Recipes from George Washington to the Present (Funk and Wagnalls, 1968), 278

Post-1902 setting for state dinners: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 634-635

Little room for state dinners in wartime: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 2, 178-179

Kennedy state dinners: Elizabeth J. Natalle, "Jacqueline Kennedy," in Molly Meijer Wertheimer, ed., Leading Ladies of the White House: Communication Strategies of Notable Twentieth-Century First Ladies (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), 52-53; Seale, The President's House, Vol. 2, 352-353

Rene Verdon: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 2, 353; Craig Claiborne, "White House Hires French Chef," New York Times, April 7, 1961

Manmohan Singh state dinner: Bob Colacello, "The White House's Dinner Theater," Vanity Fair ( June 2010); Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, "Off the List, But Somehow on the South Lawn," Washington Post, November 26, 2009

Angela Merkel state dinner: Roxanne Roberts and Dan Zak, "An Elegant State Dinner for Merkel, Devoid of Any Drama," Washington Post, June 7, 2011

Edith Roosevelt teas: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 680

Jessie DePriest tea invitation: Nancy Beck Young, Lou Henry Hoover: Activist First Lady (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007), 65-71; "A Tempest in a Teapot: The Racial Politics of First Lady Lou Hoover's Invitation of Jessie DePriest to a White House Tea," White House Historical Association, accessed November 8, 2013; Irwin Hood (Ike) Hoover, Forty-Two Years in the White House (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1934), 301-303

Eleanor Roosevelt tea parties: Blanche Wiesen Cook, Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 2: 1933-1938 (New York: Viking, 1999), 32, 51

Madison presidential entertaining: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 124-127; Catherine Allgor, Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000), 62-64, 67, 70-100

Polk presidential entertaining: Kirk, Music at the White House, 56; Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 261

Theodore Roosevelt social procedures and protocol: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 668-674

Taft silver wedding anniversary: "Tafts Welcome 5,000 on White House Lawn," Washington Post, June 20, 1911

More than 3,000 sandwiches: Henrietta Nesbitt, White House Diary (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Co., Inc., 1948), 47

Michelle Obama harvest garden party: Mary MacVean, "A White House Garden Party," Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2009

"Met with many interesting people": Washington Irving to Catherine Irving, January 23, 1853, in Pierre M. Irving, The Life and Letters of Washington Irving, Vol. 3 (New York: G.P. Putnam and Son, 1869), 232

"Colonel Monroe received us politely": James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat and Other Political Writings. 1828. Reprint. (Washington: Regnery Publishing Co., Inc., 2000), 68

Fanny Kemble visit: Deirdre David, Fanny Kemble: A Performed Life (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), 101

Charles Dickens visit: Charles Dickens to David C. Colden, March 10, 1842, in Madeline House and Graham Storey, eds., The Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3, 1842-1843 (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1974), 111

Jenny Lind visit: C.G. Rosenberg, Jenny Lind in America (New York: Stringer and Townsend, 1851), 87-88, 93-94

Marian Anderson "Ave Maria": Kirk, Music at the White House, 245

Nobel laureates dinner: Dorothy McCardle, "40 Nobel Guests at a Notable Evening," Washington Post, May 1, 1962; Seale, The President's House, Vol. 2, 356

"Most extraordinary collection": McCardle, "40 Nobel Guests at a Notable Evening"

White House Festival of the Arts: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 2, 379; William Payne, "White House Fills with Festival Art," Washington Post, June 10, 1965

Duke Ellington 70th birthday: Kirk, Music at the White House, 322-323

All-star jazz festival: Kirk, Music at the White House, 343-344

Kenneth Kaunda state dinner: Donnie Radcliffe and Dorothy Gilliam, "A State Dinner of Convictions," Washington Post, April 21, 1975

Alessandro Pertini state dinner: "Heroes' Forum at The White House," Washington Post, March 26, 1982; Kirk, Music at the White House, 355

"The White House has been a showcase": Elise K. Kirk, in The U.S. Marine Band

Fisk Jubilee Singers: Kirk, Music at the White House, 135

Grace Bumbry: Paul Hume, "Day Also Historic For Grace Bumbry" Washington Post, February 22, 1962; Kirk, Music at the White House, 293-294

Basil Rathbone: Maxine Cheshire, "Elizabethan Surprise Pleases JFK," Washington Post, May 2, 1963

Steinway grand piano (1903): Kirk, Music at the White House, 172; Seale, The President's House, 681

"Favorite passion of my soul": Kirk, Music at the White House, 25

Louisa Adams and harp: Roslyn Rensch, Harps and Harpists. 2nd ed. (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2007), 186

"Mrs. Taft's music room": Kirk, Music at the White House, 188

Truman played Paderewski: Dorothy McCardle, "Pianist Truman Shows His Forte," Washington Post, November 3, 1961

Carter, Gillespie and Roach: Jimmy Carter, White House Diary (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), 136

Obama sang: Fahima Haque, "President Obama sings Al Green's 'Let's stay together' at Harlem's Apollo Theater," Washington Post, January 20, 2012

"In Performance at the White House" (television series): Kaufman, Rosalynn Carter, 99-100; Kirk, Music at the White House, 349-354

"Ever since this wonderful house": Kirk, Music at the White House, 350




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