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Aside from George Washington, every president has lived under the roof of the White House. Regardless of who has called the Executive Mansion their home, the White House has continued to belong to the citizens of the United States. In 2021, the White House Historical Association will convene the nation’s presidential sites in Dallas to emphasize the role the American people have played in shaping one of the nation’s greatest icons – the White House.

This gathering will bring together participants from around the country to discuss the key issues and consider the latest trends in topics ranging from operations to outreach and interpretation. Under the leadership of the White House Historical Association, this conference will feature keynote speakers, compelling sessions, and exciting events that emphasize connections between Dallas and presidential history.

About this Summit

This national conference is held every two years and hosted at a site with significant connections to the American presidency and includes attendees representing institutions from all regions of the country and from across the spectrum of the historical profession. Primarily, attendees work at institutions that:

  1. Have as their mission the lives and times of a president or a first lady of the United States of America
  2. Provide stewardship and regularly exhibit or make available to the public a presidential collection or property
  3. Offer educational programs and provide opportunities for research and scholarship; and
  4. Any other entity with a history of Presidential or White House Connection

The Presidential Sites Summit community includes federal institutions such as National Archives libraries and National Park Service sites, sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (President Lincoln’s Cottage, Montpelier, and Woodrow Wilson House), private institutions of all sizes, and any other entity with a history of presidential or White House activity or connection. The inaugural Presidential Sites and Libraries conference took place in Washington, DC in March 1993. Subsequent conferences were held at the Carter Center (1996), the Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (1999), Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and National Historic Site (2006), the Miller Center for Public Policy (2010), the Clinton Presidential Center (2014), and the Willard InterContinental Hotel (2018).

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