Main Content

Media Contact

For all media inquiries and image requests:

Oct 25, 2018 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association will host book signings on Friday afternoons this fall at its White House History Shop. Book signings are free and open to the public. Shop visitors will have the opportunity to purchase personalized copies of books and NEW holiday gift items in the shop.

WHEN: Fridays, 12-2PM

WHERE: 1610 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006


October 26 – Mary Jo Binker, author of The White House Social Secretary: Collected Reflections

  • Take a step inside the White House social scene with this special issue of White House History Quarterly, which features interviews with 15 former White House Social Secretaries spanning the Kennedy to the Obama administrations.

November 2 – Abby Clouse-Radigan, author of Official Residences Around the World

  • For more than 200 years, the White House has served not only as the official residence of the President of the United States, but also as its executive office, and as the people’s house. Exploring the White House in a global context, Radigan surveys official residences and offices of 50 nations, offering a unique look at their histories, architecture, and uses.

November 9 – Osborne Phinizy Mackie, author of The Stephen Decatur House: A History

  • This in-depth history of the Stephen Decatur House, the first private residence in the White House neighborhood, includes an in-depth look at the life of Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820); the design of the house by renowned architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe; the house’s fine and decorative arts collection; and the evolution of the site from private home to historic house museum and education center.

November 16 and November 30 – Chef Roland Mesnier & Chef Mark Ramsdell, authors of The White House in Gingerbread: Memories and Recipes

  • In this memoir and cookbook, Roland Mesnier, executive pastry chef to five presidents, tells the story behind each of the unique annual holiday gingerbread houses he created with Mark Ramsdell for display in the White House State Dining Room each holiday season.

All books will be available for purchase in the White House History Shop at 1610 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 and online at

If you would like to schedule an interview with an author, please contact or Jessica Fredericks, Communications Director, at

P.D.F. Resources

Download the PDF

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

Find us on...