- Stewart McLaurin
- Edward Lengel, White House Historical Association Chief Historian, and Matthew Costello, White House Historical Association Senior Historian
- 39 minutes
The burning of the White House by the British in 1814 during James Madison's presidency represented a low point in our political relations with England—but its restoration during James Monroe's administration demonstrated a high point of our cultural connections to France. For the 200th anniversary marking the Monroes move back into the White House, Stewart D. McLaurin interviews White Historical Association Historians Edward Lengel and Matthew Costello about the British invasion and subsequent French restoration of the White House.
President of the White House Historical Association
As President of the White House Historical Association Stewart McLaurin leads the nonpartisan, nonprofit in its mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to White House history. As a lifelong student of history, Stewart is an avid reader and storyteller. His first book, White House Miscellany was published this past year and he authors a quarterly column in the White House History Journal. Drawing on his own experiences, relationships, and knowledge he provides listeners with a front row seat to history at the White House.