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History Happy Hour: The 1972 Opening of the Blue Room

On May 15, 1972, First Lady Patricia Nixon unveiled the newly refurbished Blue Room. Mrs. Nixon’s efforts to restore the Blue Room to its French Empire style, drew its inspiration from the Bellangé suite of furniture purchased by President James Monroe for the room in 1817. The unveiling of the Blue Room provided Mrs. Nixon the opportunity to demonstrate her successful expansion of the White House Collection. During her time as first lady, Mrs. Nixon added 600 paintings and furnishings to the White House, the most by a single administration. Join History Happy Hour to learn more!

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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