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Sep 16, 2019 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association’s recent release of To Live on Lafayette Square by historian William Seale, which details the rich history of what was once the most powerful and fashionable neighborhood in Washington, is now available in a Limited Edition that features a deluxe embossed book jacket and is numbered and signed by the author.

To Live on Lafayette Square is also now available in an audiobook format on Audible, with narration by the author’s son, Will Seale III.

About the Book

Lafayette Square, just across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, once featured row houses and mansions of cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, and many of the most memorable characters in the history of the nation. Presidents casually walked across the park in the middle of the Square to visit and talk politics with their neighbors. As in any neighborhood, there were friendships and romances, secrets and scandals. Eventually, the old houses were allocated to other uses and plans were made to demolish them all until, in the early 1960s, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, new residents in the White House, prevailed - they were determined to preserve them.

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About William Seale

William Seale is an American historian and author. He attended Southwestern University in Texas and completed his Ph.D. at Duke University in North Carolina. An independent scholar since 1975, he has written extensively on the White House and has participated in the restoration of many state capitols. His many books include A White House of Stone (2017); Imperial Season (2013); Blair House: The President’s Guest House (2016); and the two-volume The President’s House (1986 and 2008). He is founding editor of White House History Quarterly, the award-winning journal of the White House Historical Association.

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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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