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History Happy Hour: The History of Lafayette Square

Just north of the White House sits a seven-acre park named after a French revolutionary general, the Marquis de Lafayette – but why? This presentation will dive into the history behind the name of the park, highlighting Lafayette’s visits to the White House in 1824-1825, and how the neighborhood came to be known as Lafayette Square. Join us on September 29 for the first of a four-part series of History Happy Hours that explores different historical topics around Lafayette Park and 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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