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Oct 03, 2017 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association has released the 24th edition of The White House: An Historic Guide, its flagship publication, first published in 1962.

New to this edition are images of the West Wing; the White House Theatre, opened to the public for the first time by Mrs. Trump; and the East and West Garden Rooms. Updated photography includes the State Dining Room and Family Dining Rooms, refurbished during the Obama Administration; a new frame on Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington in the East Room; the Obama State China; and the refurbished Vermeil Room.

First Lady Melania Trump continues a tradition followed by every First Lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, opening this edition with a letter welcoming visitors to the White House. She writes, “Each time I walk through this enduring symbol of American democracy, I am humbled by the beautiful tapestry of stories, past and present, that weave together our vibrant and glorious history…As you move through these hallowed halls, you may envision our Nation’s Presidents making important decisions and charting a course for our future, hosting official visits, and welcoming leaders from around the world. My sincere hope is that these images will also give way to thoughts of the many families and children who have called the White House home, a place of refuge, rest, and inspiration.”

This twenty-fourth edition, offers an intimate room-by-room tour of the interior of the house, with photographs and descriptions. It also offers a walking tour of the exterior, with a key to its architectural elements and grounds, so that visitors viewing the White House from the streets of Washington, D.C.—and armchair tourists at home—can enjoy and appreciate the house that belongs not just to the president, but to all the American people.

7” x 10”

244 pages


To order the book, please visit, call toll-free 1-800-555-2451, or visit the White House History Shop. The book is also sold in the Booksellers area of the White House; the White House Visitors Center at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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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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