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Mar 27, 2019 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association (WHHA) will host a series of book signings on Friday afternoons in April at its White House History Shop, as well as two signings on the Monday after Easter at the White House Visitor Center and the White House History Shop. These book signings provide a unique opportunity for visitors to meet award winning authors and purchase personalized books.

Book signings are free and open to the public. The Official 2019 White House Easter Eggs and other and new Easter gift items will also be available in the shops.


  • White House History Shop, 1610 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.
    • Fridays in April; and April 22nd, 12-2PM
  • White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
    • April 22nd, 10AM-3PM


April 5: Michael Fazio, contributor to The Stephen Decatur House: A History

  • Fazio co-authored this book to offer a comprehensive history of the Stephen Decatur House, the first private residence on Lafayette Square. This book is a 2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Award medalist in the categories of history and design.

April 12: Kristen Hunter and Haley Rivero, contributors to White House History #52, “Mid-Century Fashion and First Ladies: From Ready to Wear to Haute Couture”

  • Hunter, author of "The Mamie Look: The Americanness of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower's Off-the-Rack Fashions,” and Rivero, author of "The Jackie Look: Oleg Cassini and the Creation of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's Signature Style" will be available to sign copies.

April 19: William Kloss, author of Art in the White House

  • This comprehensive catalog of the White House fine arts collection details more than 500 works by America's most celebrated artists, including: Gilbert Stuart, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Bird King, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, and Georgia O'Keeffe. This third edition contains a supplement detailing acquisitions in the last ten years by America’s most famous modern painters, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Josef Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alma Thomas.

April 22: Betty Monkman, author of The Living White House, The White House: Its Historic Furnishings & First Families, and The White House: An Historic Guide

  • Monkman served more than thirty years in the Office of the Curator at the White House, retiring as Chief Curator in 2002. Her books are a testament to her extensive knowledge of the Executive Mansion.

April 22: Jonathan Pliska, author of The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages and A Garden for the President: A History of the White House Grounds

  • Pliska has been known for gardening in the shadow of the presidents. He will be at the White House Visitor Center to sign copies of his books and meet fans.

All books will be available for purchase in the White House History Shop at 1610 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, the White House Visitor Center at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C., and online at

If you would like to schedule an interview with an author or attend a signing as a member of the press, please contact

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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.

To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit

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