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Feb 26, 2021 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association will mark its sixtieth anniversary year with the release of a special issue of the White House History Quarterly: “The White House Historical Association Turns Sixty.” This issue of the award-winning Quarterly, features stories about First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s ambitious restoration program that led to the founding of the White House Historical Association; the creation of the first The White House: An Historic Guide; and a current look at how the Association continues to fulfill its mission.

Included in this issue:

  • Author Mary Jo Binker begins our look back with the story of the Association’s founders, who knew “how to take an idea and create something enduring.”
  • Luke Boorady profiles the twelve visionary leaders who have led the Association in fulfilling its mission.
  • James Archer Abbott and Elaine Rice Bachman take us on a tour of Mrs. Kennedy’s restored rooms, observing, that “the ideas implemented between 1961 and 1963 are still evident” and that “the standard of excellence set in those years . . . is the lasting legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy’s residency.”
  • Marcia Mallet Anderson, editor of the Quarterly, looks back at the excitement surrounding the release of the Association’s first project, a book, The White House: An Historic Guide, and its subsequent evolution as it approaches sixty years continuously in print.
  • Stewart D. McLaurin, president of the Association since 2014, reflects on how the organization survived, evolved, and continued to fulfill its mission “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House” as the COVID-19 pandemic brought challenges unlike any seen in the Association’s history.

To request an advance copy of White House History Quarterly #60, or to interview the authors listed above, please contact

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About The White House History Quarterly

Published four times each year by the White House Historical Association, this publication features articles on White House history, architecture, fine and decorative arts, and gardens, as well as the life stories of White House occupants and their experiences living in the Executive Mansion. Now in its 21st year of regular publication, the Quarterly has won national and regional awards for content and design and has attracted a loyal readership of both scholars and laymen in the U.S. and abroad. More than 200 scholars, artisans, and former White House employees have written for the award-winning Quarterly. The late historian William Seale was the founding editor.

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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