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Become a Part of a Living Legacy


Learn how your legacy can help to preserve White House history and educate generations to come.

Who We Are

Launched in 1961 through the efforts of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the White House Historical Association is the non-profit, non-partisan partner of the White House.

Our Work

Since its founding, the Association has worked to preserve the collections and stories of the Executive Mansion and to inspire Americans, especially young people, to "stimulate their sense of history and their pride in their country," according to Mrs. Kennedy.

This photograph by Ed Clark shows First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the process of restoring the White House.
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The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Jefferson Memorial through the South Portico windows, as seen in this photograph.
White House Historical Association


Since the beginning, we've relied exclusively on the generosity of the American people to support our efforts to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the history of the White House. 

We do not accept government funding of any kind.

Educator presents material to classroom at White House Historical Association event.
White House Historical Association


  • Protect

    We fund the acquisition and protection of historically significant artwork, furniture, china, and other household items for the White House’s permanent collection.

  • Preserve

    We assist in the preservation and periodic renovation of White House interiors, and commission the official portraits of both the President and the First Lady.

  • Provide

    We provide meaningful connection to the White House through our publications, educational programs, digital image library, exhibits, and the White House Visitors Center.


You can support our mission of preservation, education, and research for generations to come by making any of the following types of gifts:

  • Bequests
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Gifts from Retirement Plans
  • Gifts of Real Estate
  • Gifts of Art and Personal Property
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Lead Trust

The Legacy Society honors those who include the White House Historical Association in their estate planning.

Members of the Legacy Society will receive special invitations to events and programs, and will be recognized for their support in Association publications (if they so choose).

Russell Clayton, a retired high school Social Studies teacher from Georgia and Legacy Society member stands in the Green Room at the White House.
Russell Clayton


Since everyone has different financial circumstances, you are encouraged to consult with your own legal and financial advisors to determine which type of planned gift works best for you.

The Association would be pleased to work together to determine your individualized philanthropic gift.

So that we can thank you now for your future gift, please complete our Legacy Society gift information form. It would be our honor to recognize you for your generosity, but we understand that this is a personal decision. Please call a gift officer to discuss your preferences at the contacts below.


To learn more about the White House History Legacy Society and how you can become a member, please contact:

Development Office  (202) 760-2364

Membership levels

  • How to Make a Beneficiary Designation

    To name the White House Historical Association as a beneficiary:
    • Obtain the appropriate forms from the company that manages your account. Forms are generally available on the company website or by calling the customer service number on your statement to request a form be mailed to you.
    • Write in the White House Historical Association as a beneficiary and use our Tax Identification Number (TIN), 52-0749685, where the form asks for a Social Security Number.
    • Submit the form to your administrator.
  • Sample Bequest Language

    ​To leave a gift to the White House Historical Association in your will:

    Share this sample language with your lawyer or adviser:

    “I give to the White House Historical Association, whose national office address is 740 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20006, (Tax ID#: 52-0749685) _____% of the rest of my estate (or $______) in support of its mission.”