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WHHA Christmas Ornament 2018: President Truman

  • Trumans Under the North Portico at Christmas
    Abbie Rowe
    holidays
    Christmas
    First Family
    North Portico
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows the Truman family standing in front of a Christmas tree on the North Portico of the White House. Left to right: First Lady Bess Truman, President Harry Truman, and their daughter, Margaret Truman.
  • Christmas Dinner at the White House
    Unknown
    staff
    holidays
    First Family
    Family Dining Room
    Christmas
    State Floor
    This photograph shows President Harry Truman, First Lady Bess Truman, and their daughter Margaret eating Christmas dinner with Mrs. Truman's family in the White House Family Dining Room. Seated around table from left end: Fred Wallace, Madge Gates Wallace, Natalie Wallace, Marion Wallace, Bess Truman, David Wallace, Christine Wallace, Frank Wallace, George Wallace, Mary Jane Truman, Harry Truman, Margaret Truman.
  • President Truman Lights the 1947 Christmas Tree
    Abbie Rowe
    Christmas
    holidays
    Head of State
    In this photograph, National Park Service photographer Abbie Rowe captures President Harry S. Truman as he lights the National Christmas tree on December 24, 1947. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C. Rowe was a prolific photographer, providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
  • Columns, South Portico
    Bruce White
    South Portico
    Truman Balcony
    south view
    This photograph by Bruce White shows the detail at the top of the columns of the South Portico. Among the carvings are Double Scottish Roses, acanthus leaves, and medallions.
  • Blue Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Unknown
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Blue Room was taken around 1961 during the John F. Kennedy administration, prior to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's refurbishment of the room into a ceremonial room with French Empire furnishings from James Monroe. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial through its South Portico windows.
  • The South Grounds from the South Portico
    Unknown
    south grounds
    South Portico
    This photograph of the White House Grounds was taken around 1961. It shows the view of the White House South Grounds from the Truman Balcony of the South Portico. It depicts what is known as the "South Vista," or the beautiful view presidents enjoy from the back porch of the White House. It has been kept open and clear of excess foliage to ensure that White House visitors have an uninterrupted view of the Washington Monument and the National Mall.
  • The Flag of the President
    Arthur E. Dubois
    flag
    This presidential flag was a new design ordered from Arthur E. DuBois and George M. Elsey by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was a sample submitted for President Harry Truman's approval in August 1945. This flag was first publicly flown on October 27, 1945 when the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt was commissioned at Brooklyn Navy Yard. The flag presently remains the same except for the addition of two stars to represent Alaska and Hawaii. Although this is the flag of the president's arms, since it lacks the words around the edge, the flag is not a representation of the official Seal of the President. This photograph was taken by William Phillips.
  • 2016 South Portico Holiday Decorations
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Christmas
    This photograph of the South Lawn was taken on December 1, 2016 at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The celebration took place on the Ellipse with views of the South Grounds of the White House. This photograph captures the South Portico holiday decorations for the year, with strands of lights wrapped around the portico's iconic columns. 2016 marked the eighth and final holiday season for President Barack Obama and his family.
  • Bulldozer in the White House
    Abbie Rowe
    renovation
    This photograph shows the interior of the White House completely gutted with a bulldozer in the foreground. Visible are the steel frame towers built to support the third floor and the roof while the rest of the house was demolished. This work was part of President Harry S. Truman's large-scale 1948-1952 renovation of the White House.
  • Truman Renovation, South Portico
    Abbie Rowe
    renovation
    South Portico
    South Grounds
    This photograph taken by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows a south view of the White House during the Truman renovation.
  • Blue Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Bruce White
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Blue Room by Bruce White was taken in 2010 during the Barack Obama administration. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Jefferson Memorial through the South Portico windows, as seen in this photograph.
  • Blue Room Mantel, Kennedy Administration
    Bates Littlehales
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    clock
    mantel
    This photograph by Bates Littlehales captures the Blue Room mantel in March 1962, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The gilded bronze clock with the figure of Minerva was made by Thomire & Co. in Paris, France circa 1817. Flanking the clock are a pair of gilded bronze candlesticks with a lotus design, also made circa 1817. The candlesticks were purchased for the Blue Room. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion. The oval parlor has been known as the Blue Room since Martin Van Buren’s 1837 redecoration. The room is often used for receptions, photo opportunities, and during the holiday season is home to the official White House Christmas Tree.
  • President Truman in Blair House Office
    Unknown
    portrait
    Blair House
    This photograph captures President Harry S. Truman sitting in his temporary office in Blair House in 1951. The Truman family lived in Blair House while the White House was renovated from 1948-1952. Truman used this room, now referred to as the Truman Study, to receive guests. Blair House, along with three other adjacent buildings, is known as the President's Guest House and often houses visiting heads of state or serves as a conference center for diplomatic meetings. The complex is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, across the street from the North Grounds of the White House.
  • The Trumans Greet VJ Day Crowds
    Abbie Rowe
    World War II
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows President Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman greeting crowds outside the White House on VJ Day -- the day the Japanese surrendered and World War II unofficially ended.
  • 2018 Ornament, Front
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    The White House Historical Association’s 2018 White House Christmas Ornament honors the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. The ornament illustrates significant changes made to the White House during Truman’s administration, including his celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico. The reverse side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948–52. The Presidential Seal featured at the top of the ornament reflects the design as changed by Truman. Originally the American eagle looked toward its left talons, which hold a cluster of spears, weapons of war. Truman had the seal redesigned, turning the eagle’s head away from the spears to its right talons, which hold the olive branches of peace.
  • 2018 Ornament, Back
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    The White House Historical Association’s 2018 White House Christmas Ornament honors the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. The ornament illustrates significant changes made to the White House during Truman’s administration, including his celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico. The reverse side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948–52. The Presidential Seal featured at the top of the ornament reflects the design as changed by Truman. Originally the American eagle looked toward its left talons, which hold a cluster of spears, weapons of war. Truman had the seal redesigned, turning the eagle’s head away from the spears to its right talons, which hold the olive branches of peace.
  • Harry S. Truman
    Martha Greta Kempton
    official portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of President Harry Truman was painted by Martha Greta Kempton. As vice president during President Franklin Roosevelt's fourth term, he became president when Roosevelt died in office in 1945. He was elected president in his own right during the 1948 election, serving until January 20, 1953. During his second term, Truman was the target of an assassination attempt while living in Blair House during a major White House renovation. He served in the Senate prior to his years in the White House.
  • Blue Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Bruce White
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Blue Room by Bruce White was taken in 2010 during the Barack Obama administration. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial through the South Portico windows. This photograph was shot looking east towards the East Room and Green Room, both of which are visible through the right doorway.
  • Blue Room, Bill Clinton Administration
    Bruce White
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Blue Room by Bruce White was taken in 1999 during the Bill Clinton administration. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. This photograph was shot looking southeast, with bright light beaming in through windows leading to the South Portico.
  • Blue Room, Guide Book, George H. W. Bush Administration
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Blue Room by Erik Kvalsvik was taken in 1991 during the George H. W. Bush administration. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. This photograph was shot looking southeast with bright light beaming in through windows leading to the South Portico.
  • 2018 WHHA Christmas Ornament
    Patricia Heal
    ornament
    retail
    This is photograph is of the White House Historical Association's 2018 Christmas Ornament which honors the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman. The ornament illustrates significant changes made to the White House during Truman’s administration, including his celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico. The reverse side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948–52. The Presidential Seal featured at the top of the ornament reflects the design as changed by Truman. Originally the American eagle looked toward its left talons, which hold a cluster of spears, weapons of war. Truman had the seal redesigned, turning the eagle’s head away from the spears to its right talons, which hold the olive branches of peace. The White House Historical Association's ornament series started in 1981 and honors each president's administration as well as special anniversaries such as the laying of the White House's first cornerstone and building of the West Wing.
  • 2018 WHHA Christmas Ornament
    Patricia Heal
    ornament
    retail
    This is photograph is of the White House Historical Association's 2018 Christmas Ornament which honors the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman. The ornament illustrates significant changes made to the White House during Truman’s administration, including his celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico. The reverse side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948–52. The Presidential Seal featured at the top of the ornament reflects the design as changed by Truman. Originally the American eagle looked toward its left talons, which hold a cluster of spears, weapons of war. Truman had the seal redesigned, turning the eagle’s head away from the spears to its right talons, which hold the olive branches of peace. The White House Historical Association's ornament series started in 1981 and honors each president's administration as well as special anniversaries such as the laying of the White House's first cornerstone and building of the West Wing.
  • White House Historical Association Christmas Ornaments
    Patricia Heal
    retail
    ornament
    This is photograph is of select pieces from the the White House Historical Association's Official White House Christmas Ornament collection. The White House Historical Association's ornament series started in 1981 and honors each president's administration as well as special anniversaries such as the laying of the White House's first cornerstone and building of the West Wing.