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Apr 28, 2022 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will host its annual day-long educational symposium, this year themed, "The Presidency and Historic Preservation,” which will include four panel discussions with White House staff, historians/experts from museums, presidential sites and historical associations.

Topics will include: “Women in Historic Preservation,” “Presidential Sites of Enslavement,” “Preserving Presidential Sites,” and “Preserving the White House.”

WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2022; 8AM-4:30PM

WHERE: Historic Decatur House located at 748 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20006

Registration is required for this in-person event. Register at

See the Symposium schedule here and learn more about the speakers.

The 2022 Symposium will also be livestreamed on the White House Historical Association’s YouTube and Facebook channels, approximately 9AM-noon and 1:45-4:30PM.

If you would like to cover this event as a member of the press, please contact

Panel sessions include these topics and speakers:

  • “Preserving Presidential Sites”
    • Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer, The National Trust for Historic Preservation (moderator)
    • Dr. Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director, James Monroe’s Highland
    • Dawn Hammatt, Director, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
    • Dr. Michael Atwood Mason, CEO and Executive Director, Lincoln’s Cottage
  • “Women in Historic Preservation”
    • Dr. Colleen Shogan, Senior Vice President and Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, The White House Historical Association (moderator)
    • Elaine Rice Bachmann, State Archivist of Maryland and co-author of Designing Camelot
    • Melissa Naulin, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, The White House
    • Susan P. Schoelwer, Executive Director, Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • “Presidential Sites of Enslavement”
    • Mary Elliott, Curator, The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (moderator)
    • Dr. Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director, James Monroe’s Highland
    • Andrew Davenport, Public Historian, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello
    • Lina Mann, Historian, The White House Historical Association
  • “Preserving the White House”
    • Dr. Matthew Costello, Vice President and Senior Historian, The White House Historical Association (moderator)
    • Leslie Greene Bowman, President, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
    • Stewart McLaurin, President, The White House Historical Association
    • John Stanwich, Liaison to the White House, The National Park Service
    • Lydia Tederick, Curator, The White House

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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.

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

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