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  • Photographer Captures White House from Firetruck Ladder
    George F. Mobley
    Bates Littlehales
    north view
    Lafayette Park
    In this photograph from May 1962, a photographer, possibly George F. Mobley of the National Geographic Service, ascends a ladder of a firetruck parked on Pennsylvania Avenue to capture an aerial view of the White House. The photo session was for the cover of the first edition of "The White House: An Historic Guide," a publication released by the White House Historical Association that serves a companion book for tours of the White House, providing history of the rooms, architecture, and furniture.
  • Photographer Captures White House from Firetruck Ladder
    George F. Mobley
    Bates Littlehales
    north view
    Lafayette Park
    In this photograph from May 1962, a photographer, possibly George F. Mobley of the National Geographic Service, ascends a ladder of a firetruck parked on Pennsylvania Avenue to capture an aerial view of the White House. The photo session was for the cover of the first edition of "The White House: An Historic Guide," a publication released by the White House Historical Association that serves a companion book for tours of the White House, providing history of the rooms, architecture, and furniture.
  • Kennedy Family at the Gala Opening for the Kennedy Center
    Warren K. Leffler
    Thomas J. O'Halloran
    presidential sites & libraries
    Washington, D.C.
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    arts & culture
    This photograph by Warren K. Leffler and Thomas J. O'Halloran was taken at the gala opening for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 1971. The photograph captures members of the Kennedy family including --President Kennedy's mother, Rose, and younger brother, Edward M. Kennedy -- in attendance in the Opera House presidential box.
  • President and Mrs. Obama at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors
    Lawrence Jackson
    presidential sites & libraries
    arts & culture
    Washington, D.C.
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    merits & awards
    In this photograph by Lawrence Jackson, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand for the national anthem at the beginning of the Kennedy Center Honors on December 6, 2009. President and Mrs. Obama were in the presidential box in the Opera House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and were flanked by Vice President Joseph R. Biden and the 2009 honorees, (from left to right) Dave Brubeck, Robert De Niro, Grace Bumbry, Mel Brooks, and Bruce Springsteen. This was the first Kennedy Center Honors hosted by President and Mrs. Obama.
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Carol M. Highsmith
    presidential sites & libraries
    Washington, D.C.
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    arts & culture
    This photograph of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was taken by Carol M. Highsmith. Commonly known as the Kennedy Center, the complex features three main theaters, several smaller performance venues, and both river and rooftop terraces. The Kennedy Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, is located along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. and serves as the United States National Cultural Center.
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Carol M. Highsmith
    presidential sites & libraries
    Washington, D.C.
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    arts & culture
    This photograph of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was taken by Carol M. Highsmith. Commonly known as the Kennedy Center, the complex features three main theaters, several smaller performance venues, and both river and rooftop terraces. The Kennedy Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, is located along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. and serves as the United States National Cultural Center.
  • President Bush Awards Harper Lee the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Eric Draper
    merits & awards
    ceremonies
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Presidential Medal of Freedom
    East Room
    arts & culture
    In this photograph by Eric Draper, President George W. Bush stands with author Harper Lee in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 5, 2007. Lee was at the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush. Lee was best known for her classic American novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and received her honor alongside Liberian politician Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins, and Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader and former executive director of the NAACP, among others.
  • President Ford Awards the Presidential Medial of Freedom to Lady Bird Johnson
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    ceremonies
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Presidential Medal of Freedom
    East Room
    merits & awards
    In this photograph by Bill Fitz-Patrick, President Gerald R. Ford presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson in a ceremony in the East Room on January 10, 1977. President Ford presented the award in the waning days of his presidency, honoring Mrs. Johnson alongside the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe, Irving Berlin, Joe DiMaggio, Nelson Rockefeller, and Norman Rockwell.
  • President Nixon Calls Apollo 11 Astronauts
    Oliver F. Atkins
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    astronauts
    In this photograph by Oliver F. Atkins, President Richard M. Nixon speaks to Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. The phone call was live on national television as the two astronauts were on the moon and President was in the Oval Office. The phone call was called "the longest-distance phone call ever".
  • The Obamas and the Bidens Descend the Grand Staircase
    Pete Souza
    Grand Staircase
    State Floor
    This photograph is of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, descending the Grand Staircase before delivering remarks at a Hanukkah reception in the Entrance Hall of the White House. Pete Souza photographed this moment on December 8, 2011.
  • Mrs. Ford with Designer Frankie Welch
    Karl Schumacher
    fashion
    clothing & accessories
    Second Floor
    West Sitting Hall
    White House Guests
    This photograph of First Lady Betty Ford with designer Frankie Welch was taken by Karl Schumacher in the West Sitting Hall on February 15, 1975. Welch was one of the first designers to design “across the aisle,” creating gowns and scarves for first ladies Pat Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson, and Rosalynn Carter in addition to Mrs. Ford. After earning a degree in clothing and design at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Welch relocated with her husband to Maryland, where she taught “clothes coordination” classes at the local university. Welch’s work is frequently described as “Americana,” and she often used the proceeds of her designs to give back to communities. Welch integrated her love of American culture and history in her designs, leaving a unique mark on the lexicon of American fashion.
  • Mrs. Ford in the Treaty Room
    David Hume Kennerly
    Second Floor
    Treaty Room
    fashion
    clothing & accessories
    In this photograph, taken by David Hume Kennelly, First Lady Betty Ford poses in the Treaty Room on December 24, 1975. The Treaty Room is located on the Second Floor of the Executive Mansion and is used as the president’s private study. Mrs. Ford is wearing a dress designed by Frankie Welch.
  • The Wedding of John and Jacqueline Kennedy
    Toni Frissell
    weddings
    celebrations
    Rhode Island
    This photograph was taken by Toni Frissell at the wedding of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953 in Newport, Rhode Island. The future president and first lady were married at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church followed by a reception (seen here) at Hammersmith Farm, the 300 acre oceanfront estate owned by the Auchincloss family. Hugh D. Auchincloss was Jacqueline's stepfather. Mrs. Kennedy's dress was designed by Ann Lowe.
  • President and Mrs. Kennedy Arrive at Inaugural Ball
    Abbie Rowe
    inaugurations
    In this photograph by Abbie Rowe taken on January 20, 1961, newly-inaugurated President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. for the Inaugural Ball. Earlier in the day, President Kennedy was sworn in at the 35th President of the United States. Mrs. Kennedy wore a sleeveless, off-white gown with a silk sheer top covering a strapless bodice encrusted with “brilliants” and embroidered with silver thread by Ethel Frankau. Mrs. Kennedy collaborated with Frankau in the creation of the gown by offering suggestions on the sketches. Mrs. Kennedy’s look was finished off with a matching cape that closed at the neck and elbow-length gloves.
  • Newlywed Mrs. Kennedy Tosses Her Bouquet
    Toni Frissell
    Rhode Island
    celebrations
    weddings
    This photograph was taken by Toni Frissell at the wedding of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953 in Newport, Rhode Island. The future president and first lady were married at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church followed by a reception at Hammersmith Farm, the 300 acre oceanfront estate owned by the Auchincloss family. Hugh D. Auchincloss was Jacqueline's stepfather. Here, the newlywed Mrs. Kennedy tosses her bouquet at the reception. Mrs. Kennedy's wedding dress was designed by Ann Lowe.
  • President and Dr. Biden in the 2022 Reading Nook
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    In this photograph, taken by Tony Powell for the White House Historical Association, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden read to a group of children in the reading nook at the 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll. The Easter Egg Roll took place on April 18, 2022 and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • President and Dr. Biden in the 2022 Reading Nook
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    In this photograph, taken by Tony Powell for the White House Historical Association, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden read to a group of children in the reading nook at the 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll. The Easter Egg Roll took place on April 18, 2022 and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • President and Dr. Biden in the 2022 Reading Nook
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    In this photograph, taken by Tony Powell for the White House Historical Association, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden read to a group of children in the reading nook at the 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll. The Easter Egg Roll took place on April 18, 2022 and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. President Biden was on hand in the reading nook to read the classic children's tale, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" with wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon also joined the first couple to read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. President Biden was on hand in the reading nook to read the classic children's tale, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" with wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon also joined the first couple to read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.
  • 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
    Tony Powell
    holidays
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was taken by Tony Powell at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. Joining the first couple on stage at the reading nook is late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who read his book, "Nana Loves You More." The 2022 Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President and Dr. Biden and was the first held in person on the the South Grounds of the White House since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among others activities.