The Floating White House

The Floating White House

Presidential yachts sail now on a sea of memories, long sleek ships that were once symbols of the presidency, tools of diplomacy, centers of hospitality, and breezy salt-air retreats from the steamy heat of a Washington summer. But for nearly a century, presidents looking for an easy escape from the strains and tensions of the White House found one on the deck of a government yacht.

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A Transatlantic Journey: Sandham Symes in America and Canada, 1841

A Transatlantic Journey: Sandham Symes in America and Canada, 1841

Sandham Symes appears to have been a fascinating character. He embodied a keen sense of adventure, travelling widely and experiencing new situations. When Symes reached Washington in early June of 1841, he managed to depict four iconic scenes of American political life, some of which were in their early stages of development, with the Treasury Department building still under construction at the time.

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Reflections: A Secret Garden

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Stewart D. McLaurin, President, White House Historical Association White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin initiated his column, Reflections, in the latest issue of the Association’s journal, White House History, honoring presidential kin. Tucked away on the South Lawn, behind a …

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The White House: Its Historic Furnishings & First Families

The White House: Its Historic Furnishings & First Families

Washington, DC — The White House Historical Association has released The White House: Its Historic Furnishings & First Families. This award-winning title, back in print for its second edition, features never-before-published photography of the White House rooms from President George …

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A Great Way to Start the New Year!

White House History #27, which focused on The White House Neighborhood, received an award in the “Best Journal Design” category from The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) at their annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA on January …

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