On January 1, 2010, the White House Historical Association established The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, a research and educational institute housed at a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. Currently, the center provides ongoing educational programs for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public on the history of the White House and the President's Neighborhood.  The center's future plans include a digital library, which will offer unparalleled opportunities for online research and distance learning; lecture programs for public audiences and scholarly symposia for academic audiences; tours for the general public on a scheduled basis; and open houses and family days on focused themes.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS  ›  

White House Historical Association Tours of Historic Decatur House

Mondays @ 11:00 a.m.  |  12:30 p.m.  |  2:00 p.m.


Decatur House Tours

Explore the nearly 200-year-old history of Decatur House, its connections to the War of 1812, and its Slave Quarters, one of only a few remaining examples of slave quarters in an urban setting.

»  TOUR INFO



Booksigning: Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations by Lawrence Knutson

Sunday, February 1, 2015  |  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003


Booksigning: Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations by Lawrence Knutson

Author Lawrence Knutson discusses his new book, Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations, winner of the 2014 USA Book Awards, US History category.

Free and open to the public.

»  MORE INFO



Life in the Lincoln White House

March 13 – April 14  |  Open Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.*


Life in the Lincoln White House

Opening on March 13, this exhibition illustrates the White House as a home, a stage for ceremony, and an office. Visitors will experience the White House just as President Lincoln did, through objects he lived with and spaces he occupied, from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.

Free and open to the public.

»  MORE INFO

* Closed on March 22, April 5, and April 11

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress


The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House
The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House
The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House
The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House
The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House
The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House
WHHA Events Calendar


PAST EVENTS  ›  2014

12/18 » Booksigning › Roland Mesnier

12/14 » Holiday Open House

12/11 » Booksigning › Lawrence Knutson

12/7 » Music › Harding White House

12/4 » Booksigning › Betty Monkman

9/3 & 4 » America Under Fire Symposium

8/24 » War of 1812 › Open House

8/7 » Jazz on Jackson Place › Season Finale

7/29 & 8/12 » Star Spangled Summer Lectures

5/18 » Diplomatic History › Open House

4/3 » White House Piano › McPartland

3/6 » White House Piano › American Classics

2/8 » History and Heritage › Open House


PAST EVENTS  ›  2013

11/7 » White House Piano › Brubeck

10/3 » White House Piano › Ellington

8/28 » 100 Years of Activism › Lafayette Park

8/24 » War of 1812 › Open House

7/31 » The 2013 Teacher's Institute