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Premiere Giving

Change the Course of History

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Join one of our premiere giving circles to ensure White House history is more than just a remnant of the past.

who we are

The White House Historical Association was founded in 1961 out of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s efforts to transform the White House into a historical museum. In just over a year, Mrs. Kennedy – with the support of a few prominent individuals — turned The Executive Mansion into a showcase of American artwork and craftsmanship. We continue to promote Mrs. Kennedy’s vision for the People’s House, and provide the funds to protect its objects, preserve its interiors, and ensure public access to its living history.

To provide these funds we rely entirely on private donations — the White House does not allot public money to pay for its own historic preservation.

Jacqueline Kennedy Admires Cezanne Donation.
JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM/NARA

We continue to promote Mrs. Kennedy's vision for the People's House, and provide the funds to protect its objects, preserve its interiors, and ensure public access to its living history.

Teachers involved in the White House Teacher Institute tour the White House.
WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

WHAT WE DO

What’s the connection between a 200-year-old tea box and a 12 terabyte image database? They’re both part of The Association’s mission to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the rich history of the Executive Mansion.

what we do, continued...

We’ve funded the acquisition of important objects and extensive interior renovations to the house itself; digitized over 215 years of historical images; and even formed an educational partnership with the Washington Nationals. 

Sales of our Official White House Ornament and gifts from a select group of generous donors have funded our efforts thus far, but as these resources plateau, our Premiere Giving members will play a critical role in securing the future of this important work.

This armchair, by Pierre-Antoine Bellange of Paris, are part of a 53-piece gilded beechwood suite ordered for the Oval Room.
WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Blue Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

who you are

You are a person who feels a deep sense of pride in our nation and its history, and who understand the importance of stewarding that heritage. You are part of a community of individuals from across the nation who share our sense of duty and commitment to preserving the rich history of America’s Executive Mansion, and you are willing to become a valued partner in our preservation efforts by providing critical funding for our mission-driven work.

When you partner with us at our James Hoban Society or Blue Room Society levels, you will also receive a number of exclusive member benefits which we've shared in our 'How You Can Help' section.

First Lady Laura Bush unveils two White House China services.
GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM/NARA

how we do it

  • 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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Since the beginning, we’ve relied exclusively on the generosity of the American people to fund our efforts to protect, preserve, and provide public access the People’s House.

We do not accept government funding of any kind.

Membership levels

  • James Hoban Society

    $1000-$9,999
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    As our thank-you, James Hoban Society members receive: invitations to signature events, exhibition openings and programs including the annual birthday luncheon in honor of Association’s founder, Jacqueline Kennedy; a complimentary one-year subscription to the Association’s award-winning journal, White House History; name recognition on the Association’s donor wall display, Annual Report, and website; and the opportunity to participate in custom-designed, private tours of the President’s Neighborhood.

  • The Blue Room Society: The President's Circle

    $10,000-$24,999

    In addition to all benefits provided to members of the James Hoban Society, members of the President’s Circle receive: an invitation to a special luncheon with the Association’s President and Board members; a 15% discount on rentals at historic Decatur House; and personalized assistance from the Association’s special event planners for events hosted at the Association.

  • The Blue Room Society: The White House Circle

    $25,000-$49,999

    In addition all benefits provided to members of the James Hoban Society and President’s Circle, members of the White House Circle receive: the opportunity to sponsor an Association program and to be acknowledged for their philanthropy in printed materials and on the Association’s website; a custom-designed, private tour for member and guests that includes a private viewing of an exhibition with an historian or curator, guided walks through the President’s Neighborhood and Lafayette Square, and a guided tour at the White House Visitor Center, with refreshments in the upper parlors of Decatur House; and an opportunity to rent the historic Decatur House at a 50% discount.

  • The Blue Room Society: The Chairman's Circle

    $50,000 and above

    In addition to all benefits provided to members of the James Hoban Society, President’s Circle, and White House Circle, members of the Chairman’s Circle receive: an invitation to a special dinner hosted by the Association’s Chair of the Board at Decatur House; and an opportunity to host 12 guests for a complimentary reception and exhibition tour at the Association — this complimentary event will include a private exhibition tour with a curator or historian, a cocktail reception in the elegant formal parlors of Decatur House, and signed copies of the exhibition book.

PRESERVE OUR HISTORY

If you, like Mrs. Kennedy’s very first supporters, believe White House history is worth preserving, and teaching to America’s youth, please join our community of supporters through your donation. 

For more information on the James Hoban Society, contact hobansociety@whha.org. For more information on the Blue Room Society, contact blueroomsociety@whha.org.