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Book Signing with Betty Monkman

Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Please join the White House Historical Association as they host former White House curator Betty Monkman at a free lunchtime book signing. Monkman will be signing three of her award-winning titles.

The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families
Now back in print for its second edition, this book tells the story of the historic objects in the White House. A symbol of the nation for more than two-hundred years, the White House has been home to every president and his family, except for George Washington. John and Abigail Adams were its first residents, but Washington had left his mark by selecting the site and approving the design. Each family since has been encouraged through regular congressional and private funds to make it a comfortable home and to acquire furniture and decorative art to fulfill the White House’s role as a nexus of ceremony and entertaining. As a result, the furnishings in the White House cover a wide range of genres, all rich with historic association. This award-winning book is an ideal read for any lover of American history or decorative arts. The new edition of The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families features photography, never before published, of the White House rooms from the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. New White House acquisitions highlighted include State china services and a rare photograph of the White House draped in black for the mourning of President Abraham Lincoln.

The White House: An Historic Guide
Since 1962, the celebrated spaces and rich history of the White House have been portrayed for the public in this continually updated guidebook. This twenty-fourth edition, opens with a letter from First Lady Melania Trump, and offers an intimate room-by-room tour of the interior of the house, with photographs and descriptions. New to this edition are the White House Movie Theatre, President Donald J. Trump's Oval Office, and images of the East and West Garden Rooms. The guide also includes a walking tour of the exterior so that visitors viewing the White House from the streets of Washington, D.C., as well as armchair tourists at home, can enjoy the house that belongs to all the American people.

The Living White House
Now in its fourteenth edition, The Living White House opens the gates to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, presenting the more than 200-year history of life in the most famous house in America. Inspired by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and first released in 1966, the Living White House is the story of the ongoing history of life as lived in the Executive Mansion. This new edition is updated and expanded to include the first few seasons of life in the Donald J. Trump White House.

Author Betty C. Monkman served more than thirty years in the Office of the Curator, The White House, retiring as Chief Curator in 2002. She has written books and articles on the White House and its collections and has lectured throughout the country. Contributor William G. Allman became Curator of the White House in 2002, having served in the Office of the Curator since 1976. He has contributed to many White House Historical Association publications. Photographer Bruce White specializes in the photography of works of art and architecture and has been engaged by some of the country’s leading cultural institutions.

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