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Jan 30, 2020 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association has appointed Dr. Colleen Shogan as Senior Vice President and Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History. Shogan joins the Association on February 3 after a distinguished and extensive career at the Library of Congress where she served for 11 years, most recently as Assistant Deputy Librarian of Collections and Services – and formerly as Deputy Director of National and International Research.

Dr. Shogan continues her role as the Library of Congress’s designee on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, serving as the Vice Chair of the commission.

Dr. Shogan is also an adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown University.

She was previously an Assistant Professor at George Mason in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Shogan received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College, and her PhD in Political Science from Yale University.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Shogan to our dynamic team and look forward to her leadership of the David M. Rubenstein Center, the Association’s institute for White House research, scholarship, education, digital resources and public programing," said Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association. "Dr. Shogan’s wealth of experience and tenure at the Library of Congress and in the field of education make her a valuable contributor to the work we do to teach and tell the stories of White House history.”

The Rubenstein Center hosts quarterly lecture programs, the annual White House Teacher Institute and an extensive Digital Library. On February 3, it will launch: “Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood,” a new ongoing research initiative to tell the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who built, lived, and worked at the White House and in surrounding homes on Lafayette Park. The Association will also host a series of speaker programs moderated by David M. Rubenstein.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $100 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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