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Jan 22, 2019 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association is proud to announce its new 2019 lecture series White House History with Ann Compton. Compton, a former award winning ABC News White House correspondent, will lead three engaging talks covering a range of topics, including: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Suffrage Movement, and First Lady Patricia Nixon. The lecture series will kick off this February at the WHHA’s Carriage House, 1610 H Street, NW, Washington, DC.

William Hitchcock will speak at the series’ first lecture, “The Age of Eisenhower,” on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. Hitchcock is the author of The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s and is an esteemed history professor at the University of Virginia. Through the eight years of his presidency, Eisenhower affirmed the central elements of the New Deal; fought the demagoguery of Senator Joseph McCarthy; advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans; chartered a significant expansion of America’s missile technology; ended the Korean War and avoided a new quagmire in Vietnam. Hitchcock will discuss the life and legacy of Eisenhower, and his time in the Executive Mansion.

Separately, we will be selling the newly released 2019 Official White House Christmas Ornament honoring the administration of President Eisenhower.

Registration open now. Please RSVP by February 12.

Other Lectures Include:

“Suffragists at the White House” – Tuesday, June 25, 6:00-8:00pm

This lecture will be hosted in conjunction with the Supreme Court Historical Society and the Capitol Historical Society as part of the National Heritage Lecture. Rebecca Roberts, program coordinator of Smithsonian Associates and author of Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote, will discuss the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. Registration opens May 13. Please RSVP by June 18.

“Patricia Nixon’s 50th Anniversary as First Lady” – Tuesday, September 10, 6:00-8:00pm

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Patricia Nixon becoming First Lady, this lecture will discuss her life and legacy as a loving wife and mother as well as a devoted first lady to the American people. In partnership with the Richard Nixon Foundation, this panel-style lecture will include speakers such as WHHA Board member Anita McBride, former assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, Betty Monkman, former White House Curator, and Patricia Matson, assistant press secretary for Mrs. Nixon. Registration opens July 29. Please RSVP by September 3.

All lectures will be hosted by the White House Historical Association in Washington, D.C. and followed by an evening reception with light refreshments. This lecture series is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP required.

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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.

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