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History Happy Hour: "All Then Was Confusion" - Paul Jennings and the White House Fire of 1814

Paul Jennings, an enslaved man in the James Madison White House, was an eyewitness to history as British troops approached Washington DC on August 24, 1814. His recollections, published in 1863, provide a unique perspective on that memorable day. His memoir is believed to be the first memoir of a White House worker.

Join us for our virtual History Happy Hour program on Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 pm to hear Hilarie Hicks of James Madison’s Montpelier discuss the integral role Paul Jennings played in the White House on the fateful day of its burning. We hope to see you there!

History Happy Hour is a biweekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Join us as experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations.

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