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The Official 2020 White House Christmas Ornament: Press Album

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  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • John F. Kennedy
    Aaron Shikler
    official portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of President John F. Kennedy was painted by Aaron Shikler and is his official White House portrait. Prior to his election, Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy Reserves during World War II and was assigned to the Pacific theater. After the war, he was elected to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two terms in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy served as president from January 20, 1961 until he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The portrait was placed on public display in the East Room on February 5, 1971.
  • The Kennedys Greet Jacqueline Kennedy at the Airport
    Abbie Rowe
    First Family
    children
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy after landing at an airport and being greeted by her family: President John F. Kennedy, Caroline, and John, Jr. The airplane in the background was named "Caroline".
  • President Kennedy Meets with Peace Corps Volunteers
    Abbie Rowe
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    White House Guests
    This photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service shows President John F. Kennedy (far left) in the Rose Garden with the first members of the Peace Corps. This event was held prior to the volunteers traveling overseas.
  • President Kennedy Speaks to Congress about the Space Program
    Unknown
    space
    In this photograph, President John F. Kennedy speaks to Congress and the nation at a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961. Kennedy stated in his speech, "I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth." Just eight years later, NASA successfully completed the first manned lunar landing on July 20, 1969.
  • President Kennedy with Astronaut Alan Shepard
    Unknown
    space
    In this photograph, President John F. Kennedy presents astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. with NASA's Distinguished Service Medal Award during a ceremony in what is now the Rose Garden, on May 8, 1961. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, NASA Administrator James E. Webb, and several NASA astronauts can be seen in the background of the photograph.
  • JFK Addressing the Press During the Cuban Missile
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph by Robert Knudsen shows President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office with reporters during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. On the date this photo was taken, October 23, 1962, U.S. Navy ships moved into place around Cuba to set up a quarantine, which Kennedy ordered with the signing of Proclamation 3504.
  • Kennedys in Front of the White House Christmas Tree
    Robert L. Knudsen
    holidays
    Christmas
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph by White House photographer Robert Knudsen shows President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in front of the Blue Room Christmas tree. This photograph was taken in 1961 before the extensive renovations initiated by the first lady.
  • President Kennedy Signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
    Unknown
    Treaty Room
    Second Floor
    This photograph shows President John F. Kennedy signing the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which had been ratified by the U.S. Senate on September 24, 1963, in the Treaty Room on the Second Floor of the White House. The treaty allowed underground nuclear tests, but prohibited tests in the water, atmosphere, or outer space. The signers pledged to end the arms race, move to complete disarmament, and protect the environment from nuclear contamination.
  • John F. Kennedy, Caroline, and John Jr. with their Pony, Macaroni
    Unknown
    First Family
    pets
    children
    This photograph shows President John F. Kennedy with Caroline, John, Jr., and Caroline's, Macaroni. They stand just outside of the Oval Office, beside the Rose Garden and West Colonnade.
  • Kennedy Children Visit the President in the Oval Office
    Unknown
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    First Family
    children
    This photograph shows Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr. playing in the Oval Office as President John F. Kennedy looks on.
  • The Kennedys at the Presentation of the First White House Guidebook
    Abbie Rowe
    WHHA
    This photograph shows David E. Finley, first President of the White House Historical Association, presenting the first edition of "The White House: An Historic Guide" to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in June 1962. Left to Right: President John F. Kennedy, Finley, Mrs. Kennedy, Melville Bell Grosvenor, Leonard Carmichael, Melvin Payne, Nash Castro, Sutton Jett, Lorraine Pearce, and Robert Breeden.
  • The President's Meeting with Leaders of the March on Washington
    Unknown
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph shows President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson meeting with members of the civil rights movement and leaders of the March on Washington in the Oval Office. Left to right: Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Eugene Carson Blake of the National Council of Churches; President Kennedy; Vice President Johnson; and Walter Reuther of the United Auto Workers. Others (not in order): A. Philip Randolph of the AFL-CIO; John Lewis, Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and future congressman for Georgia's 5th District; Whitney M. Young of the National Urban League; Mathew H. Ahmann of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice; Rabbi Joachim Prinz of the American Jewish Congress; Roy Wilkins of the NAACP; and Floyd B. McKissick of the Congress of Racial Equality.
  • President Kennedy with Wilma Rudolph
    Department of State
    White House Guests
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph taken by the Department of State shows President John F. Kennedy meeting with American athlete Wilma Rudolph in the Oval Office. Rudolph was a triple Olympic gold medalist in track and field during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. She was considered the fastest woman in the world, and at the time of this photograph, was also a student at Tennessee State College in Nashville.
  • President Kennedy Speaks at Black Watch Performance
    George F. Mobley
    military
    South Grounds
    South Lawn
    entertainment
    This photograph is of President John F. Kennedy delivering remarks before the Black Watch tattoo on November 13, 1963. Next to him are First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Maj. Walter Michael Wingate Gray, the leader of the Black Watch regiment. The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) was a British Army line infantry regiment from 1881 until 2006 when it became the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland. A tattoo was originally simply a type of military music, but the word evolved to encompass the entire performance. Nine members of the Black Watch returned to the United States to participate in President Kennedy's funeral procession from the White House to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
  • The Kennedys Make Entrance at Ivory Coast State Dinner
    George F. Mobley
    State Dinner
    State Visit
    State Floor
    In this photograph President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, President Félix Houphouët-Boigny of the Ivory Coast, and First Lady Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny of the Ivory Coast arrive for the start of the State Dinner at the base of the Grand Staircase on May 22, 1962. The Grand Staircase connects the Second Floor and family quarters of the White House with the State Floor and Entrance Hall below. During official occasions such as State Dinners, the president descends the staircase with honored guests while the United States Marine Band plays "Hail to the Chief."
  • The Kennedys and the Houphouët-Boignys Greet Performers
    George F. Mobley
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    East Room
    State Visit
    In this photograph, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy greet members of the American Ballet Theatre at the conclusion of their performance of "Billy the Kid" in the East Room on May 22, 1962. Joining the Kennedys were President Félix Houphouët-Boigny of the Ivory Coast and his wife, First Lady Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny. At the forefront of the group is Aaron Copland, composer of the ballet. The ballet was part of the entertainment for the State Dinner held in honor of the President Houphouët-Boigny.
  • The Kennedys Attend Staff Christmas Reception
    George F. Mobley
    staff
    Christmas
    Entrance Hall
    This photograph by George F. Mobley shows President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy attending the White House staff Christmas reception. The reception took place on December 12, 1962 in the Entrance Hall of the White House. This would be their last Christmas celebration in the White House.