African Americans in the White House Neighborhood

Forged by Fire: Dolley Madison, the White House, and the War of 1812

Paths to Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation and the Power of the President

The White House Historical Association is dedicated to educating the public about the history of the White House. We offer a variety of free field trip programs at the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History for students in the D.C. Metropolitan area and visiting students from across the country. During the standards-based programs, students will have the opportunity to explore White House history and the historic Decatur House property on Lafayette Square. All programs are hands on and utilize interactive teaching methods while highlighting primary source documents.


The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History is an education and research institute on Lafayette Square. It is located at Decatur House, a historic site owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the White House Historical Association.



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