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  • Mrs. Carter and Chef Raffert View 1979 Gingerbread House
    Warren K. Leffler
    winter holidays
    staff
    gingerbread
    food & drink
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Christmas
    In this photograph taken by Warren K. Leffler, First Lady Rosalynn Carter and White House Assistant Executive Chef Hans Raffert view a gingerbread house in the State Dining Room of the White House on December 10, 1979. Chef Raffert created his first German A-frame gingerbread house for the Nixon White House holiday decorations in 1969, where they subsequently became an annual tradition. Even after the A-frame design was no longer used, Raffert's skills were often used to create the Official White House Gingerbread House until his retirement in 1992.
  • President John F. Kennedy Meets with Civil Rights Leaders
    Warren K. Leffler
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    civil rights
    White House Guests
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy meeting with civil rights leaders was taken by Warren K. Leffler on August 28, 1963. The leaders met with President Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson after participating in the March for Jobs and Freedom. This photograph shows (left to right): Mathew H. Ahmann, National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice; Whitney M. Young, National Urban League; Martin Luther King, Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and future congressman for Georgia's 5th District; Rabbi Joachim Prinz, American Jewish Congress; Reverend Eugene Carson Blake, United Presbyterian Church; A. Philip Randolph, AFL-CIO; President John F. Kennedy; Walter Reuther, of the United Auto Workers, with Vice President Johnson partially visible behind him; and Roy Wilkins (NAACP). Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz and Floyd B. McKissick of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) were also present but are not shown.
  • Vietnam War Protest Near the White House
    Warren K. Leffler
    protest
    Vietnam War
    This photograph of anti-war protesters in front of the White House was taken on February 10, 1971. Thousands of demonstrators marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the White House to protest President Richard M. Nixon's expansion of the Vietnam War with a military campaign into Laos. This was one of many protests against the Vietnam War, which lasted from 1955-1975.
  • African American Demonstrators Protest Near the White House
    Warren K. Leffler
    protest
    civil rights
    This photograph, taken on March 12, 1965, shows African American demonstrators holding a protest near the White House. The protesters carry signs condemning police brutality and demanding the right to vote. The protest was held in response to violence by police against civil rights protesters in Selma, Alabama. On March 7, 1965, protesters marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama were assaulted by police, in what became known as "Bloody Sunday."
  • Vietnam War Protesters in Front of the White House
    Warren K. Leffler
    protest
    north view
    Vietnam War
    This photograph, taken on January 19, 1968, shows demonstrators staging a protest of the Vietnam War in front of the north fence of the White House. The protesters carry signs including statements such as "No more...Stop the war!" "Eartha Kitt speaks for the women of America", and "Stop the draft." The previous day, singer and actress Eartha Kitt had become the subject of much controversy for her statements against the war during a luncheon at the White House hosted by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.
  • Phyllis Schlafly Leads an Equal Rights Amendment Protest
    Warren K. Leffler
    protest
    This photograph, taken on February 4, 1977, shows conservative activist and STOP ERA organizer Phyllis Schlafly and other demonstrators protesting the Equal Rights Amendment outside of the White House. First introduced in Congress in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment seeks to ensure equal legal treatment for citizens regardless of sex.
  • President Eisenhower Departs for Gettysburg
    Warren K. Leffler
    transportation
    This photography by Warren K. Leffler, of "U.S. News and World Report," shows a helicopter carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower leaving the White House for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on May 20, 1958. The White House can be seen in the reflection of the helicopter window. President Eisenhower was the first president to use helicopters regularly for presidential transportation.
  • President Eisenhower Departs for Gettysburg
    Warren K. Leffler
    transportation
    South Grounds
    South Lawn
    This photograph by Warren K. Leffler, of the U.S. News and World Report, shows a helicopter carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower leaving the White House for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on May 20, 1958. The East Wing of the White House is visible in the background. President Eisenhower was the first president to use helicopters regularly for presidential transportation.
  • President Kennedy with Astronaut John Glenn
    Warren K. Leffler
    space
    In this photograph, President John F. Kennedy speaks with astronaut John Glenn on the steps of the North Portico. Glenn had recently completed a successful mission to orbit the earth. He would later serve four terms in the United States Senate, representing the state of Ohio.
  • John Glenn Gives a Thumbs Up to Onlookers
    Warren K. Leffler
    space
    This photograph is of astronaut John Glenn and his wife, Annie, waving to crowds of onlookers during a parade held in his honor. Just eight days earlier, Glenn successfully completed his mission to orbit Earth, circling around the planet three times. Sitting in front of the couple are Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and an unidentified woman.
  • Eisenhower Inspects the First Presidential Helicopter
    Warren K. Leffler
    transportation
    South Grounds
    South Lawn
    This black and white photograph by Warren Leffler is of President Dwight D. Eisenhower as he inspects the first presidential helicopter, a Bell UH-13J Sioux, on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. Although presidents had used airplanes for travel for some time, helicopters were not adopted for use as presidential conveyance until Eisenhower's administration.