History and Heritage Open House at Decatur House

Images courtesy (clockwise, starting at bottom): Peter Waddell, White House Historical Association; White House Collection; Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library; Library of Congress; Dr. Roland S. Jefferson

The White House Historical Association invites you to enjoy a day of fun and learning at the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House. On Saturday, February 8, 2014, there will be a History and Heritage open house at the historic Decatur House in honor of Black History Month. This all-day event is free and open to the public, and will feature genealogy presentations, self-guided tours of Decatur House, crafts, and other family-friendly activities.

Visit the Decatur House Slave Quarters, one of few such structures in an urban area that remain. Discover the multifaceted and dynamic histories of the free and enslaved African Americans who lived, worked, and impacted the history of the White House neighborhood. Connect with their descendants, who will share their personal experiences of researching their ancestors and help you learn how to begin tracing your family history. Listen to Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, critically acclaimed author of A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons speak about her research on the Jennings family. Hear soloist Vikki Jones perform music inspired by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Test your history knowledge with trivia on African Americans in the White House Neighborhood, with prizes including a fine art print, a one-year World Explorer membership from Ancestry.com®, and more! Refreshments will be available from our program supporter, Ben’s Chili Bowl.


This event was held:

Saturday, February 8, 2014

David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House

Address: 1610 H Street, NW

Nearby parking garages: 1610 I Street NW, 1625 I Street NW, 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Nearest Metro stops: Farragut West and McPherson Square on the Blue/Orange Line, and Farragut North on the Red Line