The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit, nonpartisan institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. To fulfill its purpose, the White House Historical Association produces educational literature, develops special educational programs, and maintains two websites, whitehousehistory.org and this website - interpreting the White House and its history and the persons and events associated with it. From private funding and the sale of its educational products, the Association supports our mission to preserve, protect and provide public access to the rich history of the Executive Mansion.
In 1961, when the National Park Service suggested that such an association be formed, the idea received Mrs. John F. Kennedy’s ready approval. In July 1962, The White House: An Historic Guide was delivered to a public that had already ordered 10,000 copies. The guide is now in its 25th edition.
The association also sponsors lectures other outreach programs. Thousands of schools, universities ,and libraries have received educational materials about the White House.
On January 1, 2010, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House Historical Association established the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History. The first of its kind, the center houses historical documentation, support research efforts, and provide education programs related to the study and history of the White House.