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  ›  
»  Decatur House Tours  ›  June 17 - September 30, 2014
Decatur House Tours / June 17, - September 30, 2014

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. Tuesdays & Fridays this summer.

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»  Muster the Militia Event  ›  Sunday, July 27, 2014
Muster the Militia Event / July 27, 2014

The British are Coming! Sound the drums and muster the militias! Prepare yourself for the British invasion and enjoy special guided tours commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore the home of the War of 1812 naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. and view a special War of 1812 exhibit. » Learn more about events happening throughout the D.C. region

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»  Star Spangled Summer Lectures  ›  July 29, 2014 / August 12, 2014
Star-Spangled Summer Lectures / July 29, 2014 / August 12 2014

The White House Historical Association presents two lectures by noted historians Anthony Pitch and John McCavitt as part of the Star Spangled Summer bicentennial commemoration of the "Burning of Washington City."

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»  Jazz on Jackson Place  ›  2014 Season
Jazz on Jackson Place / 2014 Season

Jazz on Jackson Place is back for its 8th season, bringing live music to the Decatur House courtyard. Noted as an "Editor's Pick" in the Washington Post's Going Out Guide, JAZZ ON JACKSON PLACE has grown in popularity since its start, and has become a widely anticipated summer event!

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»  War of 1812 Open House at Decatur House  ›  Sunday, August 24, 2014
Decatur House Open House / August 24, 2014

The White House Historical Association invites you to a War of 1812 Open House at Decatur House commemorating the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington. Self-guided tours, trivia, activities and crafts, costumed photo ops and more!

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»  America Under Fire  ›  September 3 & 4, 2014
America Under Fire Symposium / September 3 & 4, 2014

The White House Historical Association, The United States Capitol Historical Society, and James Madison's Montpelier commemorate the bicentennial of the August 24, 1814 invasion and burning of the White House and United States Capitol with this two-day symposium.

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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

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 » The War of 1812 › Open House

7/31 » The 2013 Teacher's Institute