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Nov 30, 2018 Washington, D.C. —
Beginning Saturday, December 1, 2018, the White House Historical Association will sell the 2018 Official White House Christmas Ornament at its annual holiday shop on the Ellipse, located near the National Christmas Tree.
The Shop will be open December 1 – 28, 2018.
Hours of Operation
Opens December 1, at 11:30am
*Please note that the shop will be closed on December 25, and will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve, December 24.
On the Ellipse, near the National Christmas tree. (See map below)
The 2018 Official White House Christmas Ornament
This year’s ornament honors the period of time that President Harry S. Truman spent in the White House, illustrating three significant changes he made during his administration: one to the Presidential Seal, and two to the White House. One side of the ornament features the celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico, and the other side features a renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms in the White House, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948–52. These two images represent Truman’s White House alterations and restorations, the most extensive work on the house since President George Washington built it in the nation’s dawning and Presidents James Madison and James Monroe restored it after the fire in the War of 1812.
The 2018 Official White House Christmas Ornament is also available for purchase online at shop.whitehousehistory.org and at the White House Historical Association’s two retail locations:
White House History Shop
December 22: 9am-3pm
1610 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
White House Visitor Center (Flagship Store)
1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
If you are interested in covering the shop opening or requesting an interview about the Official White House Ornament, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Fredericks, Communications Director at JFredericks@whha.org.
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.