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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

  • Benjamin Latrobe Circle

    $500-$1,199
    Join

    As our thank-you, Benjamin Latrobe Circle members receive: complimentary copy of The White House: An Historic Guide; advanced purchase opportunities at the White House Historical Association online shop; one-year subscription to our award-winning White House History Quarterly; Listing in Honor Roll of members in the Association’s Annual Report.

    *$41.67 monthly giving*

  • James Hoban Society

    $1,200-$4,999
    Join

    In addition to all benefits provided to members of the Benjamin Latrobe Circle, members of the James Hoban Society receive: preferred seating at our signature events; invitations to our exhibition openings and programs; invitations for two (2) to our annual symposium and our Holiday Reception at Historic Decatur House.

    *$100.00 monthly giving*

  • 1792 Circle

    $5,000 - $9,999
    Join

    In addition to all benefits provided to members of the James Hoban Society, members of the 1792 Circle receive: Association scholar-led tour of the President’s Neighborhood; invitations for two (2) to the annual Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Luncheon in New York City; recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors at the Association’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

  • The Blue Room Society

    $10,000-$24,999
    Join

    In addition to all benefits provided to members of the 1792 Circle, members of the Blue Room Society receive: private luncheon (up to 4 guests) with the Association’s President; program provided by the White House Historical Association to Blue Room Society member’s civic group/club*; invitations for 4 (four) to the Blue Room Society Quarterly Lecture Series.

    *Based upon availability of staff or outside speaker(s).

  • James Monroe Cabinet

    $25,000
    Join

    In addition to all benefits provided to members of the Blue Room Society, members of the James Monroe Cabinet receive: Presidential History Experience in Washington, D.C. for member household (2 individuals) and up to four (4) guests; recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors at all official White House Historical Association events as appropriate.

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 giving opportunities above $25,000, please contact a Development Officer at premiergiving@whha.org or (202) 760-2352.