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9th Annual Commodore Stephen Decatur Birthday Celebration

The White House Historical Association hosted the 9th annual birthday celebration for Commodore Stephen Decatur on January 4, 2024 at historic Decatur House. The theme of this year’s discussion is “The U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy: A History of Friend and Foe” where the panelists give insight into both the history and the future of the relationship between the two na

J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century

Dr. Beverly Gage joins the program to discuss her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century. As FBI director from 1924 through his death in 1972, Hoover was a confidant, counselor, and adversary to eight U.S. presidents. His story also reflects how governance, policing, race, ideology, political culture, and federal power evolved over the

The Washingtons, The Custises, and the Making of America

This program explores the history of the nation's first "first family," tracing George Washington's stepgrandchildren, the Custises, from childhood celebrities to carriers of the Washington legacy in nineteenth century America. Author Cassandra Good discusses her book, First Family, sharing behind-the-scenes insights on reconstructing the story of this once-famous family.

Behind the Scenes with David Hume Kennerly

This program features Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hume Kennerly, who was President Gerald R. Ford’s chief photographer. Kennerly details his experience working in the White House, the stories behind his iconic photographs, and shows images that reveal the character of the Ford family.

President Garfield, From Radical to Unifier

Bestselling author and historian C.W. Goodyear discusses his new biography of President James A. Garfield. This work offers fresh insight and nuance to the life and times of the 20th President of the United States of America, as well as his remarkable ascent in American politics.