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  • President Reagan Meets with Members of the1988 Winter Olympic Team
    Susan Biddle
    State Floor
    East Room
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    In this photograph taken by Susan Biddle, President Ronald Reagan meets with members of the 1988 United States Winter Olympic speed skating team in the East Room on March 8, 1988. Among the speed skaters to meet President Reagan for a photo opportunity were Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, Moira D'Andrea, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jeff Klaiber, Mary Docter, David Cruikshank, and John Backfield. The Olympians met President Reagan at the White House following the culmination of the 1988 games in Calgary the previous month.
  • President Reagan Meets with Members of the1988 Winter Olympic Team
    Susan Biddle
    State Floor
    East Room
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    In this photograph taken by Susan Biddle, President Ronald Reagan meets with members of the 1988 United States Winter Olympic speed skating team in the East Room on March 8, 1988. Among the speed skaters to meet President Reagan for a photo opportunity were Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, Moira D'Andrea, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jeff Klaiber, Mary Docter, David Cruikshank, and John Backfield. The Olympians met President Reagan at the White House following the culmination of the 1988 games in Calgary the previous month.
  • President Reagan Meets with Members of the1988 Winter Olympic Team
    Susan Biddle
    State Floor
    East Room
    sports
    receptions
    White House Guests
    In this photograph taken by Susan Biddle, President Ronald Reagan meets with members of the 1988 United States Winter Olympic speed skating team in the East Room on March 8, 1988. Among the speed skaters to meet President Reagan for a photo opportunity were Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, Moira D'Andrea, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jeff Klaiber, Mary Docter, David Cruikshank, and John Backfield. The Olympians met President Reagan at the White House following the culmination of the 1988 games in Calgary the previous month.
  • Bob Hope Christmas Show Reception
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    winter holidays
    receptions
    arts & culture
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Cross Hall
    In this image, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 14, 1969, Bob Hope and performers from the Bob Hope Christmas Show mingle in the Entrance Hall and Cross Hall. Pictured here with Hope are members of the song and dance troupe the Golddiggers. The official White House Christmas Tree is visible in the background. That day, the cast of Bob Hope's Christmas special dined with President and Mrs. Nixon in the State Dining Room, and put on a preview performance in the East Room. Bob Hope's USO-sponsored variety shows entertained American troops around the world for nearly 50 years, and his television specials were an annual tradition for American households for decades. Hope was a recurrent guest at the White House and entertained every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.
  • Bob Hope Christmas Show Reception
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    winter holidays
    receptions
    arts & culture
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Cross Hall
    In this image, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 14, 1969, Bob Hope and performers from the Bob Hope Christmas Show mingle in the Entrance Hall and Cross Hall. Pictured here with Hope are members of the song and dance troupe the Golddiggers. The official White House Christmas Tree is visible in the background. That day, the cast of Bob Hope's Christmas special dined with President and Mrs. Nixon in the State Dining Room, and put on a preview performance in the East Room. Bob Hope's USO-sponsored variety shows entertained American troops around the world for nearly 50 years, and his television specials were an annual tradition for American households for decades. Hope was a recurrent guest at the White House and entertained every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.
  • East Room Set for Millennium Reception
    William Vasta
    staff
    place settings
    meals
    State Floor
    Residence staff
    New Year's
    East Room
    receptions
    This photograph of White House Residence staff preparing for a millennium reception in the East Room was taken by William Vasta on December 31, 1999. To mark the final day of the 20th century, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted a candlelit dinner in the East Room to recognize partner institutions who had supported the Clinton administration's goals of "honoring the past and supporting the future," by leading environmental and community programs over the previous two years. Attendees at the event included representatives from the office of Mayor Anthony Williams and the government of the District of Columbia, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, the National Parks Foundation, and members of Congress.
  • Congressional Christmas Ball, 1979
    Unknown
    winter holidays
    receptions
    State Floor
    East Room
    Congress
    Christmas
    In this photograph, President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter dance in the East Room during the Congressional Christmas Ball on December 11, 1979. For decades, first families have hosted annual balls for members of Congress during the holiday season.
  • Staff Prepare for Millennium Reception
    William Vasta
    staff
    meals
    State Floor
    Residence staff
    New Year's
    East Room
    receptions
    This photograph of White House Residence staff preparing for a millennium reception in the East Room was taken by William Vasta on December 31, 1999. To mark the final day of the 20th century, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted a candlelit dinner in the East Room to recognize partner institutions who had supported the Clinton administration's goals of "honoring the past and supporting the future," by leading environmental and community programs over the previous two years. Attendees at the event included representatives from the office of Mayor Anthony Williams and the government of the District of Columbia, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, the National Parks Foundation, and members of Congress.
  • Reception following Press Preview of 1976 Holiday Decorations
    Karl Schumacher
    winter holidays
    receptions
    decorations
    cranberry tree
    State Floor
    Red Room
    Christmas
    In this photograph, taken by Karl Schumacher on December 9, 1976, First Lady Betty Ford shows a Christmas ornament to an unidentified guest in the Red Room at a reception following the press preview for the 1976 White House holiday decorations. Notably, on a guéridon table behind Mrs. Ford is a cranberry tree. Mrs. Ford initiated the tradition of displaying a cranberry tree in the Red Room in 1975, and it has remained a traditional part of the White House seasonal decorations ever since. In 1976, First Lady Betty Ford selected the theme "Love that is the Spirit of Christmas" for her holiday theme. Coinciding with the year of the American bicentennial, the decorations included patriotic dioramas and ornaments on the Blue Room Christmas Tree representing the state flowers from each of the fifty states.
  • Reception for Christmas Volunteers, 1975
    Karl Schumacher
    winter holidays
    receptions
    press
    decorations
    State Floor
    East Room
    Christmas
    This photograph was taken by Karl Schumacher on December 15, 1975, during a reception hosted by First Lady Betty Ford in appreciation of the volunteers who assisted with creating the White House holiday decorations. That year, holiday decorations at the White House celebrated traditional handmade handicrafts. First Lady Betty Ford and her daughter, Susan, also contributed to the decorations, and visitors to the White House that season were presented with instructions for how they could recreate the White House decorations at home. Here, Mrs. Ford kneels by a table at right, as 10-year-old Jerry Carr demonstrates making a handcrafted ornament. Members of the press including stenographers and photographers are visible in the background.
  • Moment of Silence, September 11, 2019
    Shealah Craighead
    commemorations
    Ground Floor
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    September 11
    In this photograph, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart through the doors of the Diplomatic Reception Room to join White House staff on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • Moment of Silence, September 11, 2013
    Pete Souza
    commemorations
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    September 11
    In this photograph, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden return to the White House through the doors of the Diplomatic Reception Room after joining White House staff on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence in commemoration of the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • President's Doorkeeper Pat McKenna
    Harris & Ewing
    staff
    West Wing Reception Room
    West Wing
    Residence staff
    This black-and-white photograph shows doorkeeper Patrick "Pat" E. McKenna stationed at his desk outside the president's office in the West Wing in January 1935. McKenna served seven administrations as doorkeeper to the president from 1903-1940. In his role, McKenna interacted daily with politicians, diplomats, and White House staffers and determined which visitors received an audience with the president. He passed away following an illness on July 1, 1940.
  • White House Social Entertainment Files Pertaining to Luncheon for
    White House Social Entertainment Office
    press releases
    menus
    lists
    letters
    invitations
    documents
    White House Guests
    receptions
    pamphlets
    This set of documents is part of a collection of social files maintained by the White House Social Entertainment Office. The items in this file pertain to a luncheon hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson for Olympic medal winners. President Johnson hosted the luncheon and reception to congratulate approximately 100 U.S. Olympic medalists for their achievements at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. At the 1964 Tokyo Games, the American team took home 90 medals, including 36 gold medals. This folder includes invitation telegrams; drafts of the luncheon menu; a booklet by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce about Olympic athlete Don Schollander; a booklet by the American Diary Association and United States Olympic Committee including maps, schedules, rules, former champions, athlete rosters, and administrative selecting committees at the 1964 Olympic Games; guest list drafts and correspondence; and press releases including remarks by the president to be delivered during the luncheon.
  • White House Social Files Pertaining to Luncheon for 1964 Olympic Athletes
    Office of the White House Social Secretary
    Eric F. Goldman
    sports
    receptions
    lists
    letters
    documents
    White House Guests
    This set of documents is part of a collection of White House social files maintained by White House Social Secretary Bess Abell. The documents in this file pertain to a luncheon hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson for Olympic medal winners. President Johnson hosted the luncheon and reception to congratulate approximately 100 U.S. Olympic medalists for their achievements at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. At the 1964 Tokyo Games, the American team took home 90 medals, including 36 gold medals. This folder includes the copies of the guest list for the luncheon, a memo regarding the luncheon approved by President Johnson, as well as correspondence from Eric F. Goldman, special advisor to the president, directed to United States Olympic Committee President Kenneth L. Wilson regarding the congratulations of Olympic athletes.
  • State Funeral for President John F. Kennedy
    Robert L. Knudsen
    social aides
    military
    funerals
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken by Robert L. Knudsen, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is escorted through the State Dining Room by Naval Aide Commander Tazwell T. Shepard, Jr. following President John F. Kennedy's State Funeral on November 25, 1963. Following his assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Kennedy's body lay in state in the East Room of the White House and the United States Capitol Building prior to burial at Arlington Cemetery three days later. The funeral service was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. This photograph was taken during the post-funeral reception at the White House.
  • Family Dining Room Set for President Kennedy's Funeral Reception
    Robert L. Knudsen
    receptions
    funerals
    Family Dining Room
    State Floor
    This photograph, taken by Robert L. Knudsen on November 25, 1963, shows the table in the Family Dining Room set with refreshments for a reception that followed President John F. Kennedy's State Funeral. Following his assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Kennedy's body lay in state in the East Room of the White House and the United States Capitol Building prior to burial at Arlington Cemetery three days later. The funeral service was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The design of the room reflects its appearance after First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy repurposed the space into a dining room for small functions and a staging area for state dinners. The redecoration of the room followed a vibrant yellow color scheme, featuring a gold lattice and pink rose rug personally selected for the room by interior designer Sister Parish. Other additions to the room included yellow silk curtains, a French white and dark green marble mantel, a New York convex mirror, and an 1859 portrait of Virginia planter Brig. Gen. John Hartwell Cocke by artist Edward Troye.
  • Family Dining Room Set for President Kennedy's Funeral Reception
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Family Dining Room
    State Floor
    funerals
    receptions
    This photograph, taken by Robert L. Knudsen on November 25, 1963, shows the table in the Family Dining Room set with refreshments for a reception that followed President John F. Kennedy's State Funeral. Following his assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Kennedy's body lay in state in the East Room of the White House and the United States Capitol Building prior to burial at Arlington Cemetery three days later. The funeral service was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The design of the room reflects its appearance after First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy repurposed the space into a dining room for small functions and a staging area for state dinners. The redecoration of the room followed a vibrant yellow color scheme, featuring a gold lattice and pink rose rug personally selected for the room by interior designer Sister Parish. Other additions to the room included yellow silk curtains, a French white and dark green marble mantel, a New York convex mirror, and an 1859 portrait of Virginia planter Brig. Gen. John Hartwell Cocke by artist Edward Troye.
  • Reception for the Centennial Year of the Emancipation Proclamation
    Cecil Stoughton
    State Floor
    Green Room
    receptions
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the recently restored Green Room was taken by Cecil Stoughton on February 12, 1963 during a reception to mark the centennial year of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, and granted freedom to enslaved people residing in Confederate states. The Green Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion. It was the first room named after the color of its textiles and has Federal-style furnishings. The elegant but relaxed parlor is used for small gatherings, interviews, and teas.
  • President Kennedy Speaks to Fulbright Exchange Teachers
    Robert L. Knudsen
    receptions
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph, taken by Robert L. Knudsen on August 23, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addresses a group of Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program participants in the Rose Garden of the White House. From 1946-2013, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program supported international professional development by offering primary and secondary teachers the opportunity to exchange teaching positions for a semester with colleagues from another country. At the Rose Garden ceremony, President Kennedy spoke with teachers from across the world who came to take part in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program in the United States.
  • Reception for the Centennial Year of the Emancipation Proclamation
    Cecil Stoughton
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    receptions
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy receiving guests in the Cross Hall during a reception to mark the centennial year of the Emancipation Proclamation was taken by Cecil Stoughton on February 12, 1963. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, and granted freedom to enslaved people residing in Confederate states. Located on the State Floor of the White House, the Cross Hall runs the length of the Executive Mansion and offers views of the East, Red, Green, and Blue Rooms.
  • Reception for the Centennial Year of the Emancipation Proclamation
    Cecil Stoughton
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    receptions
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy receiving guests in the recently restored Blue Room during a reception to mark the centennial year of the Emancipation Proclamation was taken by Cecil Stoughton on February 12, 1963. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, and granted freedom to enslaved people residing in Confederate states. 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.
  • Curator Lorraine Waxman Pearce Receives the Painting "A Hartford Family"
    Robert L. Knudsen
    portraits
    painting
    likeness
    Ground Floor
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Residence staff
    staff
    This photograph of White House curator Lorraine Waxman Pearce was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on June 28, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The curator was on hand to accept the a noteworthy painting of a Hartford, Connecticut family. Donated by the E. and A. Silberman Galleries, this important acquisition was hung in the Lincoln Bedroom, enhancing its Victorian period decor. This painting by an unknown artist is a portrait of a family relaxing in their lounge or parlor, circa 1840-1850. Members of the family of five sit about, playing the piano, working on needlepoint, and playing with the family dog. In the back, a young African American girl serves the mother.
  • President Kennedy Attends Diplomatic Reception in the East Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Floor
    receptions
    East Room
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy mingling with diplomatic guests in the East Room of the White House was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on May 2, 1962. The East Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion. The room is the largest room in the White House and is often used as a ceremonial space. The room is painted white and has 18th-century French and English-inspired ornate walls and ceiling. To make way for temporary furniture for ceremonies and holiday decorations, the East Room is usually sparsely furnished.
  • Chief Usher J.B. West in the Entrance Hall
    Robert L. Knudsen
    staff
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Residence staff
    receptions
    seats
    furniture
    This photograph of White House Chief Usher James Bernard West seated on one of the French Empire banquettes was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on May 15, 1962 during a military reception. The banquettes were placed in the Entrance Hall during First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s restoration program. West was an integral part of the restoration program, serving as a liaison among the various decorators and advisers and as the right-hand man to Mrs. Kennedy.