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  • Scholarship

    Splendor and Scrutiny of White House Tableware

    When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau attended a State Dinner at the White House on March 10, 2016, they enjoyed a meal that was the result of months of thoughtful preparation. From the floral arrangements to the menu, no detail was overlooked—and this included the plates off of which they ate. Guests at White House fun

  • Timeline

    White House State Dining Room

    The State Dining Room, which now seats as many as 140 guests, was originally much smaller and served at various times as a drawing room, office, and Cabinet Room. Not until the Andrew Jackson administration was it called the “State Dining Room,” although previous Presidents had used it for formal dinners.

  • Timeline

    Decorating The White House

    The White House has undergone a significant number of changes since President John Adams first called the Executive Mansion home.

  • Article

    John and Abigail Adams: A Tradition Begins

    John and Abigail Adams had a wealth of experience in establishing and living in official houses prior to their move into the new President's House in Washington, D.C., in 1800. Adams had represented the United States in diplomatic missions to Europe during the Revolution, and in Paris and London in the 1780s when Abigail Adams joined him. They lived and

  • Backgrounder

    History of State Dinners at the White House

    State Dinners at the White House have been a tradition for more than a hundred years and are examples of goodwill and influence between the United States and other nations.

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