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Nov 05, 2018 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association is pleased to announce its upcoming Holiday Book Fair and Shopping Event, a full day of festivities with 12 authors available to sign copies of their award-winning books. A full range of White House inspired exclusive gifts including the 2018 Official White House Ornament, will be available for purchase in addition to books.

Since 1962, the White House Historical Association has published books on the history of the White House—covering topics such as architecture, gardens, fine and decorative arts, food, and presidential families. Authors include former White House staffers, historians, political cartoonists, and scholars from diverse fields.

The 2018 Holiday Book Fair and Shopping Event will feature:

  • Book signings with award-winning authors
  • Special Guest: “President Thomas Jefferson” will share memories and unique insights on his life and history of the White House (as portrayed by Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg)
  • Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier will serve his authentic White House Eggnog and discuss creating pastries for significant White House events under five presidents
  • Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonist Pat Oliphant will sign copies of our recent White House History Quarterly: Political Cartoons and the White House, which features his drawing on the cover.
  • Examples of President Obama’s presidential china on display and former White House Curator William Allman, author of Official White House China, will be available to answer questions.
  • Artist John Hutton will demonstrate "How to Draw the Presidents”
  • Raffle of original John Hutton drawings created during the 2018 Easter Egg Roll and as seen in The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages
  • Jonathan Pliska, Author of A Garden for the President, will discuss his collection of heirloom seeds, which match those purchased for the earliest White House gardens.
  • Author of The Stephen Decatur House: A History, Osborne Mackie, will discuss examples of a rarely seen artifacts in the Decatur House collection, which will be on display in connection with our recently released book, The Stephen Decatur House: A History.
  • Artist Peter Waddell discusses his painting, Thomas Jefferson in His Study with the president himself (as portrayed by Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg)
  • Other authors in attendance include: Abby Clouse-Radigan, author of Official Residences Around the World; Leslie Buhler, author of Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here; Former White House Curator Betty Monkman, author of The White House: Its Historic Furnishings & First Families; Elise K. Kirk, author of Music at the White House: From the 18th to the 21st Centuries; and Mary Jo Binker, author of The White House Social Secretary Collected Reflections.
  • Food and Live music!
  • The White House History Gift Shop will be open with an opportunity to purchase new and exclusive items available this season including: ornaments and cards, men’s and women’s jewelry, scarves, neckties, items for the home and office, gifts for children, framed prints and posters.

WHEN: Monday, December 10, 2018; 11AM—6:30PM

WHERE: 1610 H St., N.W. Washington D.C., 20009

All books and exclusive gifts are available at

If you are interested in covering this event as a member of the press or interviewing authors or artists, you must contact Jessica Fredericks, Communications Director of

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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 $50 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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