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Mar 20, 2017 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association today announced its Quarterly Lecture Series for 2017, featuring award winning-authors and experts, including New York Times best-selling authors William Doyle and John Meacham, speaking on topics and figures ranging from Andrew Jackson to John F. Kennedy. 

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, New York Times best-selling author William Doyle will tell the story of the sinking of PT-109 and the rescue of Kennedy and the boat’s surviving crew as the start of Kennedy’s political journey to the White House. Doyle explores the influence of Kennedy’s war experience and discovers why, as one White House official for Kennedy described, “Without PT-109, there would never have been a President Kennedy.” 

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, acclaimed presidential historian Jon Meacham explores the famous relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. This luncheon and book discussion is in partnership with The National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University. It commemorates Winston Churchill’s visits to and ongoing presence in the White House, and particularly celebrates his relationship with Roosevelt, who is the subject of the White House Historical Association’s 2017 Official White House Christmas Ornament. 

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, award-winning author and food historian Adrian Miller explores the lives of African American White House chefs through the lens of his upcoming book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Miller will chronicle individuals as well as cooking techniques and recipes, painting a broad picture of the cultural impact on the White House and the nation. 

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Daniel Feller, professor of history at the University of Tennessee and Editor of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, explores the origins, events, and enduring legacy of Jackson's Bank War, and its impact on the White House. This lecture coincides with the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. 

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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 $45 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission. 

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

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