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  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This close-up photograph of purple trees in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The bold, purple bulbs of the trees were accented with fresh orchids. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and relied heavily on decorations from nature.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This close-up photograph of purple trees in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The bold, purple bulbs of the trees were accented with fresh orchids. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and relied heavily on decorations from nature.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This close-up photograph of purple trees in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The bold, purple bulbs of the trees were accented with fresh orchids. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and relied heavily on decorations from nature.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery. Here, a floral arrangement stands on a side table before John Marin's painting, "The Circus, No. 1."
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 Green Room Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Green Room honored the "Gift of Nature" and featured vibrant orchids, purple trees, and greenery.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Green Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. The green textiles and decor of the Green Room inspired the "Gifts of Nature" theme in 2021, with purple trees and bouquets of live orchids throughout the room. Inspiration was also drawn from Henry Ossawa Tanner's painting Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City on the west wall and the painter's use of real sand for texture.
  • View from Green Room of Volunteers Decorating the East Room
    Andrea Hanks
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    East Room
    Christmas
    This photograph was taken by Andrea Hanks from the Green Room on November 21, 2018. Through a doorframe leading into the East Room, volunteers stand on ladders to decorate Christmas trees for the holiday season. Each year, volunteers from across the country assist in the holiday transformation of the White House. Volunteers typically assist with a variety of activities including putting up ornaments, assembling wreaths and bouquets, and creating one-of-a kind decorations to complement the annual theme.
  • Betty Monkman Leads a Tour of the Green Room
    Eric Draper
    staff
    inaugurations
    State Floor
    Residence staff
    Green Room
    tours
    In this photograph, taken by Eric Draper on January 21, 2001, White House Curator Betty Monkman leads a tour in the Green Room of the White House. The tour was held the day after George W. Bush was sworn-in as the 43rd President of the United States. Betty Monkman joined the White House Office of the Curator in 1967, and served there until her retirement in 2002. She became the sixth White House Curator upon the retirement of Rex Scouten in 1997. A regular contributor to the White House Historical Association's award-winning journal “White House History Quarterly,” Betty Monkman is also the author of the White House Historical Association publications “The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families,” and “The Living White House.”
  • Floral Arrangements in the Green Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    meals
    flowers
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    This photograph is of floral arrangements in the Green Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on March 20, 1962. The Green and Red Rooms were decorated for a luncheon in honor of Sylvanus Olympio, President of Togo. 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.
  • 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.
  • Interpretive Panel in the Green Room
    Abbie Rowe
    Green Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of an interpretive panel providing information about the Green Room was taken by Abbie Rowe on September 6, 1963, during the John F. Kennedy administration. 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.
  • Reception in the Green Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Floor
    Green Room
    receptions
    astronauts
    This photograph of a reception in the Green Room of the White House was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on May 8, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The reception followed a presentation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr. In the photo, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy speaks with Renza Emerson Shepard, mother of Cmdr. Shepard. The photograph also shows the Green Room in the early stages of Mrs. Kennedy's restoration project.
  • Floral Arrangements in the Green Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    flowers
    State Floor
    Green Room
    meals
    This photograph is of the Green Room decorated with flower arrangements for a luncheon in honor of President Kekkonen of Finland. It was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on October 16, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The room also featured two of the eight Paul Cézanne paintings bequeathed to the White House in 1928 by American ex-patriot Charles A. Loeser. The paintings were previously held at the National Gallery of Art. 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.
  • Green Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Floor
    Green Room
    This photograph of the Green Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on November 2, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The Green Room is captured prior to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's refurbishment and restoration of the State Floor. 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.
  • Tea for the Committee for White House Paintings
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Floor
    Green Room
    meals
    refurbishment
    restoration
    This photograph from First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's tea for the Committee for White House Paintings in the Green Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 5, 1961. The participants sitting on the setee are (L-R): Mrs. Kennedy; chairman of the Paintings Committee, James W. Fosburgh; and Susan Mary Alsop. Those pictured standing are (L-R): Suzette M. Zurcher; Stanley Marcus; Lawrence Fleischmann; Minnie Fosburgh; Nathaniel Saltonstall; Andrea Cowdin; chairman of the White House Fine Arts Committee, Henry Francis du Pont; Helen Chisholm Halle; Babe Paley; and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. The committee was established by Mrs. Kennedy to provide expertise and to aid in finding donations of fine art and furnishings for the White House Collection.
  • Green Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Floor
    Green Room
    flowers
    decorations
    This photograph of the Green Room decorated with red flowers was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 12, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The Green Room is captured prior to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's refurbishment and restoration of the State Floor. 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.
  • Green Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Green Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Green Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on January 31, 1962, prior to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's refurbishment and restoration of the State Floor. 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.