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History Happy Hour: The Early Days of Lafayette Square

The White House has stood at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for over 200 years, but have you ever wondered what came before it? Association historian Lina Mann will talk about the history of Native Americans in early Washington as well as the construction of the White House. She will also highlight the early use of Lafayette Park as a staging ground and living area for the enslaved and free workers that built the White House.

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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