Mrs. Taft and the Cherry Blossoms

Mrs. Taft and the Cherry Blossoms

The plan to plant Japanese cherry trees along Potomac Drive came to fruition with the aid and influence of Mrs. Taft. In 1910 Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo presented the first trees as a “memorial of national friendship between the U.S. and Japan.” On March 27, 1912, Mrs. Taft and the Iwa Chinda, wife of the Vicount Sutemi Chinda, the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two of more than 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin.

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Elizabeth Keckly’s Memoir of the Lincoln White House

Elizabeth Keckly’s Memoir of the Lincoln White House

Called a “literary thunderbolt” and claiming to reveal “interesting if not startling information,” Behind the Scenes, Elizabeth’s Keckly’s 1868 memoir of her life, particularly her time in the White House as a dressmaker for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, produced a storm of controversy and even a parody.

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Building the West Wing

Building the West Wing

William B. Bushong, Chief Historian, White House Historical Association More than one hundred years ago President Theodore Roosevelt transformed the White House home and office of the president. The president’s architects, the New York firm of McKim, Mead & White, …

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