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The late LONELLE AIKMAN was the author of the first edition of The Living White House. Her other books included We the People: The Story of the United States Capitol, Rider with Destiny: George Washington, and George Washington: Man and Monument.

WILLIAM C. ALLEN was the architectural historian in the office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., from 1982 to 2010. His research supported restoration projects and has appeared in articles, lectures, exhibits, and books. He authored History of the United States Capitol: A Chronicle of Design, Construction, and Politics and contributed to Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here.

WILLIAM G. ALLMAN is the former curator of the White House, having retired from the office in 2017 after forty years. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in American studies with museum concentration from The George Washington University. He coauthored Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House, compiled the catalog of objects for The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families, and contributed to The White House: An Historic Guide and the second edition of Official White House China: From the 18th to the 21st Centuries, and many other White House Historical Association publications.

LISA B. AUEL is the author of Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents, the catalog accompanying the exhibition at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

MICHAEL BESCHLOSS is the author of multiple editions of The Presidents of the United States of America. He has written several critically acclaimed books, is the NBC News Presidential Historian, and is a contributor to the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

ALLIDA M. BLACK is the author of multiple editions of The First Ladies of the United States of America. She is the managing director of the Allenswood Group LLC, research professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University, and editor emeritus of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project. Her other publications include Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism and the reissue of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Tomorrow is Now.

DOREEN BOLGER was the director of the Baltimore Museum of Art for seventeen years before retiring in 2015. She contributed to Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride.

LESLIE l. BUHLER served as executive director of Tudor Place Historic House and Garden from 2000 to 2015. Prior to Tudor Place, Buhler worked at the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, and served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She edited Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here.

DAVID PARK CURRY is the senior curator of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He contributed to Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride.

MARGARET LESLIE DAVIS is the author of two acclaimed biographies of important American empire builders: Golden Spur award-winner Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Dark Side of Fortune: Triumph and Scandal in the Life of Oil Tycoon Edward Doheny. She authored Mona Lisa in Camelot: How Jacqueline Kennedy and da Vinci’s Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation. The second edition, enhanced and expanded with items from the archives of the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was first published by the White House Historical Association in 2018. Davis is a California lawyer and graduate of Georgetown University.

JAMES TERTIUS DE KAY is the author of numerous naval histories, including The Rebel Raiders, Monitor, and Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian. His title A Rage for Glory: The Life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN was included in The Stephen Decatur House: A History published by the White House Historical Association in 2018.

The late DAVID HERBERT DONALD was the Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of American Civilization Emeritus at Harvard University. He twice received the Pulitzer Prize in biography: in 1961 for Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War, and in 1987 for Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe. His Lincoln work received numerous honors, including the prestigious Lincoln Prize. His Lincoln at Home: Two Glimpses of Lincoln’s Domestic Life was published by the White House Historical Association.

MICHAEL FAZIO is an architect and architectural historian and works as an architectural preservation consultant in the southeast region. he holds a Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urban development from Cornell University. He taught at the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University from 1974 to 2006 and is now an emeritus professor. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, Arris, Journal of Architectural Education, White House History, Alabama Heritage, and Classicist, among others. He is coauthor of Buildings Across Time: An Introduction to Architectural History, The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and The Stephen Decatur House: A History, and author of Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama.

JAMES GOODE is a noted Washington, D.C. historian. He is the author of Best Addresses: A Century of Washington’s Distinguished Apartment Houses, Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington’s Destroyed Buildings, and Capital Views: Historic Photographs of Washington, D.C., Alexandria and Loudon County, Virginia, and Frederick County, Maryland.

HAROLD HOLZER is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, he chaired the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. His book Lincoln At Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (2004) won the Lincoln Prize. He wrote the introduction to the White House Historical Association’s edition of Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln.

JOHN HUTTON is a professor of art history at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has written and illustrated several children’s books, including Alphababel: An Illustrated Tower of Languabets and the Sister Maus series. He is the author of The White House ABC: A Presidential Alphabet and illustrator of The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages. His book, How to Draw the Presidents will be released by the White House Historical Association in 2019.

ELISE K. KIRK, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, lecturer, and musicologist, whose articles have appeared in Opera News, White House History, The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century Opera, and numerous other publications. Her books include American Opera and Music at the White House: From the 18th to the 21st Centuries, which won the distinguished ASCAP / Deems Taylor Award and many other awards. As a presidential appointee, Dr. Kirk served on the National Advisory Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is a Director Emeritus of the White House Historical Association.

The late MARGARET BROWN KLAPTHOR was curator of the Division of Political History of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She was the author of the first edition of Official White House China and several editions of The First Ladies of the United States of America.

WILLIAM KLOSS has written about the collections of the White House, the U.S. Senate, the State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An independent art historian, he has served on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House since 1990. He is the author of Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride, and has contributed to White House History.

LAWRENCE KNUTSON is a journalist who retired in 2003 after a 37-year career with the Associated Press, where he covered Congress, the State Department, presidential campaigns, and the presidential administrations from Lyndon B. Johnson through George W. Bush. Knutson’s interest in the historical background of the news he reported led to his regular column centered on the history of Washington, D.C. It touched on a wide range of historical events, figures, and places, including the presidency, Congress, and the White House. He is the author of Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats and Vacations and has contributed to White House History.

ERIN KUYKENDALL THOMAS served as curator of collections at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden from 2011 to 2015. She is program director of The George Washington University-Smithsonian Associations M.A. Program in Decorative Arts and Design History. She contributed to Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here.

OSBORNE PHINIZY MACKIE is a lawyer and an appraiser of fine and decorative arts antiques at Mackie-West Appraisals in Alexandria, Virginia. He holds degrees from Princeton University, University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee University. He has been on the advisory council at Woodlawn Plantation and the Pope-Leighey House and was the founding executive director and director emeritus of Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens in Georgetown. He contributed to The Stephen Decatur House: A History published by the White House Historical Association in 2018.

KATHERINE MALONE-FRANCE is the Senior Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She previously served as Director of Collections and Programs at Decatur House. She holds Master’s in Historic Preservation from the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. She contributed to The Stephen Decatur House: A History published by the White House Historical Association in 2018.

STEWART D. McLAURIN is president of the White House Historical Association. His career spans the non-profit, education, and public policy fields. Over the past 30 years, he has held senior positions with George Washington’s Mount Vernon, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Motion Picture Association, Georgetown University, American Red Cross, and the Federal Government. He is the author of White House Miscellany published by the White House Historical Association in 2016.

ROLAND MESNIER was head pastry chef at the White House from 1979 to 2004. During his twenty-five year tenure, he served five United States presidents and their distinguished guests. He has been recognized by the international press, television and radio. He was featured in the 1996 National Geographic documentary “Inside the White House,” as well as dozens of other documentaries and interviews by filmmakers and journalists around the world. He is the author of A Sweet World of White House Desserts: From Blown Sugar Baskets to Gingerbread Houses; All the Presidents’ Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House, A Memoir, Roland Mesnier’s Basic to Beautiful Cakes, Dessert University: More Than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons From White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier; and coauthored with Mark Ramsdell The White House in Gingerbread: Memories and Recipes, White House Cookies, and The Gingerbread White House: A Pop-Up Book. He continues to educate expert and novice bakers about his craft with his books and he travels around the world teaching pastry techniques and sharing fond memories of life at the White House. His next book, Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: Secrets from a Pastry Chef’s Kitchen, will be released by the White House Historical Association in 2019.

BETTY C. MONKMAN served more than thirty years in the Office of the Curator, the White House, retiring as Chief Curator in 2002. She contributed to Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride, and is the author of The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families and The Living White House. She was the managing editor of 50th Anniversity Edition of The White House: An Historic Guide.

MELISSA C. NAULIN is assistant curator of the White House focusing on the decorative arts. She coauthored Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House and has contributed to White House History.

PATRICIA MARIE O’DONNELL is a landscape architect and planner. She is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She contributed to Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here.

JONATHAN PLISKA is a landscape historian and author of A Garden for the President: A History of the White House Grounds and The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages. He has extensively explored and studied documents of the historic White House. He has written and edited Cultural Landscapes Inventories for the National Park Service, including one for the Ellipse, south of the White House Grounds, and documented the Civil War military earthworks that once surrounded Washington. His interest in historic gardens combines with biography and social history. Pliska lives, writes, and plants a garden of his own in Baltimore County, Maryland.

MARK RAMSDELL has been a pastry chef and instructor for more than thirty years. In 1982 he began an eight-year professional pastry apprenticeship with Roland Mesnier at L’Academie de Cuisine and served as its director and head instructor from 1990 to 2008. Chef Ramsdell worked at the White House as pastry assistant to Chef Mesnier during the William Jefferson Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, when he assisted with the construction of desserts. He continues to develop instructional texts on large gingerbread showpieces, including models of Mount Vernon and the White House as well as pastillage centerpieces for events at the French Embassy. He is coauthor of The White House Gingerbread: Memories and Recipes and The Gingerbread White House: A Pop-Up Book. He now researches nautical cooking and continues to develop instructional texts on large gingerbread showpieces, architectural pastillage and petits gâteaux. His next book, Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: Secrets from a Pastry Chef’s Kitchen, will be released by the White House Historical Association in 2019.

WILLIAM SEALE is an American historian and author whose work focuses on historical writing and the restoration of historic American buildings, notably state capitols.He attended Southwestern University in Texas and completed his Ph.D. at Duke University in North Carolina. An independent author since 1965, he has written extensively on the White House and has participated in the restoration of many state capitols. He is the editor of White House History, the award-winning quarterly journal of the White House Historical Association, and author of The Imperial Season; The Tasteful Interlude: American Interiors Through the Camera’s Eye; Recreating the Historic House Interior; The Virginia Governor’s Mansion; Temples of Democracy; The State Capitols of the USA, and many others. With the Association, he has provided commentary for At Home in the President’s Neighborhood: A Photographic Tour and authored numerous books including: The President’s House: A History; The White House Garden; The White House: The History of an American Idea; An Artist Visits the White House Past; The Night They Burned the White House: The Story of Tom Freeman’s Painting, the 23rd edition of The White House: An Historic Guide; Blair House: The President’s Guest House; A White House of Stone: Building America’s First Ideal in Architecture; and the forthcoming title Life on Lafayette Park.

CANDACE SHIREMAN is curator of Blair House, The President’s Guest House. She is the author of To Be Preserved for All Time: The Major and the President Save Blair House.

The late HUGH S. SIDEY was a journalist and Time magazine’s political and White House correspondent. He was chairman of the White House Historical Association board of directors from 2000 to 2003. He was the author of The White House Remembered and many editions of The Presidents of the United States of America.

JANE SHADEL SPILLMAN is the author of White House Glassware: Two Centuries of Presidential Entertaining. From 1978–2013 she was Curator of American Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. She now serves as the museum’s Honorary Fellow.

CONNIE TROUNSTINE is a children’s author based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She teaches Children’s Writing at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati and is the author of Fingerprints on the Table.

JOHN WILMERDING is the Sarofim Professor of American Art, emeritus, at Princeton University and chairman of the board of trustees of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He contributed to Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride.

Photographers and Artists

GAVIN ASHWORTH is a photographer specializing in fine and decorative arts photography for museums and private collections.

TOM FREEMAN was a painter of historical and maritime scenes that have been exhibited in the White House, the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. His work has been featured on White House Historical Association holiday cards and other products and publications. He illustrated The Night They Burned the White House: The Story of Tom Freeman’s Painting published by the White House Historical Association in 2014.

MARGARET HUDDY is a Washington, D.C.-based painter specializing in watercolor landscapes. She created color interpretations of the flowers used at the weddings of Nellie Grant and Frances Folsom Cleveland for an article in White House History number 23. Her artwork has also been featured on White House Historical Association holiday cards and inspired the 2009 Christmas ornament.

JOHN HUTTON is a professor of art history at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author and illustrator of The White House ABC: A Presidential Alphabet and The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages. His artwork has also been featured in White House History, on WHHA holiday cards, and in WHHA educational materials. His book, How to Draw the Presidents will be released by the White House Historical Association in 2019.

MAGGIE KNAUS is a professional photographer and artist who has used many non-traditional photographic processes in her work. She is the principal photographer for The White House: An Illustrated History and contributed to The White House Celebrating Two Hundred Years and several issues of White House History.

The late ROBERT C. LAUTMAN was an architectural photographer and honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. His photograph of the White House as seen from the Jefferson Memorial was the cover for White House History number 17. His work appeared in several other issues of the journal, and was featured in an article on presidential funerals in White House History number 19.

SARAH MAYCOCK is an illustrator based in the South East of England whose watercolor and ink architectural drawing of Blair House and adjacent town houses was featured on the front cover of Blair House: The President’s Guest House. She has completed commissions for the Natural History Museum in London, Roadbook Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Liberty London, as well as fashion design, original architectural and wildlife paintings, and children’s books.

RODICA PRATO is a New York City-based artist whose interior cutaways and exterior drawings of the White House appear in the 23rd edition of The White House: An Historic Guide.

MARTIN RADIGAN has spent more than a decade seeking out and photographing beautiful places. Landscape has always been the favorite subject and primary focus of his work. Radigan’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications. For the White House Historical Association, he was the principal photographer in A White House of Stone: Building America’s First Ideal in Architecture and White House History issue 43.

DURSTON SAYLOR is a photographer who specializes in documenting significant architecture and interiors. Assignments have included a variety of large-scale, high-profile commercial complexes including the Robert A. M. Stern and Antoine Predock projects at Euro Disney, Michael Graves Convention Center at Disney World, Gwathmey Siegel’s Sony Headquarters at Philip Johnson’s AT&T building, the residence of the Vice President of the United States, and the Diplomatic Reception Room of the United States Department of State. Saylor is widely recognized for his twenty-year association with Architectural Digest. He was a principal photographer for the interior photographs published in Blair House: The President’s Guest House.

SANDY SORLIEN has been photographing American landscapes and architecture since 1980. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has appeared in such publications as the New York Times and Photo Review. Her photographs are featured in White House History number 31.

The late KERRY TALBOTT taught illustration in the Communication Arts department of Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to that, he was a graphics artist for the Richmond News Leader and Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia, specializing in caricatures. He illustrated Fingerprints on the Table: The Story of the White House Treaty Table.

PETER VITALE specializes in interior space, architecture, and lifestyle photography. He has contributed to White House History and The White House: An Historic Guide.

PETER WADDELL is best known for his paintings of the history and architecture of Washington, D.C. Waddell has previously created works about the Capitol in the nineteenth century (Inside the Temple of Liberty); the role of Freemasons in the creation of the Federal City (The Initiated Eye); the history of the Octagon; and numerous other commissions for historic sites including Mount Vernon and Tudor Place. An Artist Visits the White House Past, a collection of fourteen paintings commissioned by the White House Historical Association, was on exhibit at the White House Visitor Center from March to November 2011, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalog. Reproductions of his paintings are also featured on WHHA notecards and the 2015 desk calendar. His paintings have been featured in many of the Association’s books and White House History.

BRUCE M. WHITE is a fine art and architectural photographer. Formerly a staff photographer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sotheby’s, Bruce now works on commission for museums, artists, art collectors, universities, and publishers in the United States and abroad. His award-winning photography is used to illustrate publications and exhibition catalogs and is also displayed in museum exhibitions. For the White House Historical Association, Bruce served as principal photographer for the fiftieth anniversary edition of The White House: An Historic Guide, The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families, At Home in the President’s Neighborhood: A Photographic Tour, Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here, A White House of Stone: Building America’s First Ideal in Architecture, and The Stephen Decatur House: A History. He has contributed to Art in the White House: A Nation’s Price and Blair House: The President’s Guest House, and many issues of White House History, the Association’s quarterly journal. Other notable publications include: with James Goode, Capital Houses: The Historic Houses of Washington, D.C., and with Helen C. Evans, Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai Egypt: A Photographic Essay.

JAMIE WYETH’S painting of the White House from the South Lawn in 2000 was commissioned by the White House Historical Association to celebrate the building’s 200th anniversary. It is featured in The White House: Celebrating Two Hundred Years.