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The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families

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Size 320 pages. 9¾" x 12"
Material Case bound with dust jacket
SKU 976

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New Edition The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families, now back in print for its second edition, 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. 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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Washington Book Publishers Awards: Best in Show and First Place, Illustrated Text
National Indie Excellence Awards, Winner - Arts and Entertainment                                                                                                                                                                                                         National Indie Excellence Awards, Winner - Arts and Photography
Next Generation Book Awards, Finalist - Historical Non Fiction
USA Book News Best Book Awards, Winner - Art and Architecture                                                                                                                                                                                                                USA Book News Best Book Awards, Winner - Art