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Oct 26, 2000 Washington, D.C.

For 200 years — since John Adams moved in on November 1, 1800 – the White House has been the official residence of the President of the United States An historic site with an ever-evolving story, and in more recent times a museum as well, it has welcomed millions of visitors to the rooms where the presidents and their families live, work, and entertain. Often at the forefront of American fashion — and at times even a bit worn — 19th century White House interiors were refurbished repeatedly due to constant wear and changing styles. When Theodore Roosevelt renovated the house in 1902, to reflect the nation’s expanded international role, the public rooms assumed a formal and ceremonial character that they retain today.

Treasures from the presidential collections, few ever seen before outside of the White House, have been assembled to impart the flavor of 200 years within America’s most historic house. Most of these objects also have been illustrated in a new book The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families by Betty Monkman, White House curator. They include furniture, silver, china, lighting and fireplace equipment, and design elements, ranging from John Adams to the end of the 20th century.

The White House Visitor Center located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington. D.C. is open daily. For information please call 202.208.1631.

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 $50 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit

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