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Oct 17, 2018 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association is pleased to offer new holiday gift items, along with the beloved Official 2018 White House Ornament, available online and in stores. The new items and ornament are showcased in the White House Historical Association’s new digital catalogue, out today!

Items Include:

The 2018 Official White House Ornament

This year’s ornament honors President Harry S. Truman and the significant changes he made to the White House and the Presidential Seal during his administration. Notably:

  • Addition of the Truman Balcony
  • Renovation of the Blue Room
  • Update to the Presidential Seal

This 38th annual ornament features the celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico, and the other side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the largest White House renovation of 1948–52. The Official White House Ornament tradition began in 1981 by First Lady Nancy Reagan.

See CBS Sunday’s story on the ornament tradition.

John Derian Presidential China

Glass decoupage plates by designer John Derian feature Presidential dining services handpainted by Katharine Barnwell. State services include: Johnson, Polk, Grant, Lincoln and Reagan.

Plates are available in 5” and 8”.

EXCLUSIVE - White House North Portico Door Bowties and Neckties

Exclusive to the White House Historical Association, these classic, 100% silk Vineyard Vines ties feature the architectural details of the North Portico Door.

Available in green and red with Christmas wreaths and yellow or blue for year-round wearing.

Jacqueline Kennedy Silk Scarf

This 100% silk scarf is inspired by the timeless elegance of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

36” x 36”

Recent Publications

Music at the White House

Award-winning book by Elise K. Kirk covers more than 200 years of musical performance in the White House.

Casebound with dust jacket.

432 pages, 9 1/4” x 11 1/4”

Official White House China

Award-winning book by William Allman on the enduring legacy of White House china.

Casebound with dust jacket.

274 pages, 12” x 9”

Other NEW 2018 exclusive holiday gift items include:

Anna Weatherly Magnolia Collection

  • Hand painted porcelain inspired by the magnolia trees on the White House lawn

From our 2018 Truman Collection: President Truman Fleece Pillow and Throw

  • Navy fleece pillow and throw both embroidered with the Truman Seal

2019 White House Pets Desk Calendar

  • 12-month desk calendar featuring some of the most famous First Pets!

Holiday Cards

  • Each boxed set of Crane Stationary comes with 10 cards and envelopes. Cards feature scenes of holiday ornaments by Katharine Barnwell and Winter at the White House by Mary Belcher

Much more!

For more information about these and other gift items, or to make a purchase, please visit Shop.WhiteHouseHistory.org.

Store locations:

  • The White House History Shop at 1610 H Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006.
  • The White House Visitor Center at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006.

For media inquiries, please contact press@whaa.org or Jessica Fredericks, Communications Director at JFredericks@whha.org.

P.D.F. Resources

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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 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 $45 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission. 

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

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