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Nov 10, 2020 Washington, D.C.

Today, the White House Association released the 50th episode of The 1600 Sessions. In this episode, Association President Stewart McLaurin reflects on 49 episodes of The 1600 Sessions. Returning to some of his favorite moments from past episodes, McLaurin highlights some of the most impactful moments in the podcast series. The 1600 Sessions started in 2017, and explores the history, untold stories and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and office – The White House.

Some clips featured in the 50th episode include:

  • Anita McBride speaking on the transition meeting between First Lady Laura Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama.
  • The significance of the portrait of President John F. Kennedy with Michael Beschloss.
  • Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III discussing the enslaved people who built and lived in the White House.
  • Melanie Eisenhower recalling the character of her grandmother, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.
  • When Clifton Truman Daniels learned of his grandfather, President Harry Truman, becoming president while he was in school.

“It’s the 50th episode since we began in January of 2017,” reflected McLaurin. “Along the way I have had wonderful conversations with former White House staff, historians, those who have worked in the White House and have had up close and personal interactions with presidents and first ladies, and even with a few presidential family members.”

The 1600 Sessions

In this podcast series, White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin interviews luminaries, historians, and eyewitnesses to history about America’s most famous residence and office—the White House. Each episode includes a prominent guest or guests to discuss varying facets of White House history, including insights from former staff and many other topical issues.

The 1600 Sessions is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. To hear the full episode, visit

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

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