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Feb 03, 1997 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association announces publication of White House History a journal devoted entirely to the White House. Robert L. Breeden, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association, said.

Since the original journal was introduced in 1983, the White House has passed the 200th anniversary of its beginning in 1792 and soon will reach the bicentennial of its occupation by President John Adams, who moved into the White House on November 1, 1800. These milestones make us reflect on the long and unique history of the First House.

White House History reflects a heightened interest by scholars in the history of the White House and the presidency. Clifford Krainik brings us a heretofore unpublished montage of President Polk’s inauguration; Betty C. Monkman publishes for the first time a drawing of a Blue Room reception just before the Civil War; James M. Goode presents an album of photographs of the Theodore Roosevelt family at the White House. William Scale chronicles the design of Lafayette Park, and Gilbert Gude relates the presidency and the Potomac River in an engaging narrative linking the two-hundred-year relationship.

Future issues of White House History which will be published semi-annually will include biographies, architectural and decorative arts, and documentary materials and will delve into material culture as well as historical narrative. Editor William Seale said

In the sense that the White House is a mirror of all American history our journal is about America itself.

The White House Historical Association is a nonprofit organization, chartered on November 3, 1961, to enhance understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the historic White House. Income from the sale of White House History and all the Association’s books and guides is returned to the publication program, and is used to acquire historic furnishings and memorabilia for the White House.

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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