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  • 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.
  • Inaugural Ball for the Second Inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    inaugurations
    Washington, D.C.
    This photograph of an inaugural ball for President Lyndon B. Johnson was taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto on January 20, 1965. Following President Johnson's second inauguration, inaugural balls were held at the National Guard Armory and four Washington, D.C. hotels: the Mayflower, Sheraton-Park, Shoreham, and Statler-Hilton. Pictured here from left to right: Luci Baines Johnson (wearing a pink gown), First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Muriel Humphrey.
  • Johnson Family Celebrates Christmas Eve
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Yellow Oval Room
    Second Floor
    winter holidays
    Christmas
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family celebrating Christmas Eve in the Yellow Oval Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 24, 1967. Here, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson leans over the shoulder of President Johnson to look at a book given by their daughter, Lynda, and son-in-law Capt. Charles S. Robb.
  • 25th Anniversary of the Inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson
    Frank Wolfe
    presidential sites & libraries
    commemorations
    Texas
    This photograph taken by Frank Wolfe on May 4, 1990, depicts a celebration held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library Auditorium in Austin, Texas, for the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Pictured here from left to right: Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, and Luci Baines Johnson.
  • Johnson Family Celebrates Christmas in the Yellow Oval Room
    Jack E. Kightlinger
    Yellow Oval Room
    First Family
    Christmas
    winter holidays
    pets
    Second Floor
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family opening Christmas presents in the Yellow Oval Room was taken by Jack E. Kightlinger on December 24, 1968. President Lyndon B. Johnson sits in a chair patting dog Yuki, flanked by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and his daughter, Lynda Bird Johnson, who cradles her daughter Lucinda Desha Robb. Behind them, the president's daughter Luci crouches in front of a couch beside her son, Patrick Lyndon Nugent, who is opening a present. Other individuals can be seen in the background, including secretary Mary Rather, who stands near a Christmas tree. Although during early years of their administration the Johnson family celebrated Christmas at their Texas ranch, they celebrated Christmases in the Yellow Oval Room in 1967 and 1968.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson Dance at Their Daughter's Wedding
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    weddings
    celebrations
    East Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson dancing with First Lady Lady Bird Johnson at their daughter Lynda Bird Johnson's wedding reception in the East Room was taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto on December 9, 1967. The first daughter exchanged vows with Marine Corps Capt. Charles S. Robb during their ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
  • Bill Signing Ceremony for Civil Rights Act of 1964
    O. J. Rapp
    signing
    press
    bills
    State Floor
    East Room
    civil rights
    In this photograph, taken by O. J. Rapp on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a televised address to the nation prior to signing into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The bill prohibited job discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin, ended segregation in public places, and the unequal application of voting requirements. In attendance at the ceremony were members of Congress and civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rep. Peter Rodino of New Jersey.
  • Black Tie Dinner for the National Council on the Arts
    Robert L. Knudsen
    winter holidays
    meals
    arts & culture
    State Floor
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Blue Room
    Christmas
    This photograph was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 13, 1966, following a black tie dinner hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson for members of the National Council on the Arts. It was established through the National Arts and Cultural Development Act of 1964, before the The National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act passed in 1965, establishing the National Endowment for the Arts. The National Council on the Arts consists of appointees selected by the president and approved by the Senate for their contributions to the arts, who advise the Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts. Many of the founding members of the National Council of the Humanities attended this reception, including Ralph Ellison, Paul Engle, Elizabeth Ashley, Gregory Peck, Oliver Smith, William Pereira, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern. Here, President and Mrs. Johnson receive guests by the Blue Room Christmas Tree.
  • Presentation of the East Room Crèche
    Frank Wolfe
    decorations
    crèche
    State Floor
    East Room
    Christmas
    winter holidays
    This photograph, taken by Frank Wolfe on December 15, 1967, shows First Lady Lady Bird Johnson posing with guests beside a crèche in the East Room. The Neapolitan crèche was gifted to the White House by Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. of Far Hills, New Jersey, pictured here behind Mrs. Johnson. The donation included 39 hand-painted figurines. The 14-foot tall crèche setting display was built by Tony Award-winning stage designer Donald Oenslager, with mechanisms for annual disassembly.
  • State Dinner for Italian President Saragat
    Robert L. Knudsen
    staff
    State Visit
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Head of State
    centerpieces
    In this photograph, maitre d'hotel John W. Ficklin surprises President Giuseppe Saragat of Italy with a birthday cake during a State Dinner held in his honor on September 19, 1967. The State Dinner was hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson on the Italian president's 69th birthday. Prominently displayed on the table is a gilded bronze plateau purchased for the White House during the James Monroe administration. After the dinner in the State Dining Room, guests transitioned to the East Room where they enjoyed selections from the musical "Man of La Mancha" by Richard Kiley, who originated the role of Don Quixote in the Broadway production.
  • Eartha Kitt Questions President Johnson at Luncheon
    Kevin Smith
    protests
    meals
    initiatives
    arts & culture
    State Floor
    Family Dining Room
    Vietnam War
    In this photograph, taken by Kevin Smith on January 18, 1968, American singer and actress Eartha Kitt questions President Lyndon B. Johnson during a "Women Doers" luncheon hosted by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. Mrs. Johnson hosted the luncheon series to encourage discussion of the roles women could take to address various social issues. The topic for the January 18 luncheon was "Crime on the Streets." Kitt, who was invited to speak at the luncheon due to her work with at-risk youth, defended anti-Vietnam War protestors and spoke critically on President Johnson's policies regarding taxes, social welfare, and childcare. Due to her remarks, Kitt faced media backlash and career repercussions that lasted several decades.
  • President Johnson Hosts Reception for Olympic Medal Winners
    Cecil Stoughton
    sports
    State Floor
    East Room
    receptions
    In this photograph, taken by Cecil Stoughton on December 1, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson mingle with guests during a reception for Olympic medal winners in the East Room. 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.
  • President Johnson Hosts Reception for Olympic Medal Winners
    Cecil Stoughton
    sports
    receptions
    East Room
    State Floor
    In this photograph, taken by Cecil Stoughton on December 1, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a group of approximately 100 Olympic medal winners in the East Room. First Lady Lady Bird Johnson can be seen seated in the first row of the audience. President Johnson hosted the luncheon and reception to congratulate the athletes 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.
  • President Johnson Hosts Reception for Olympic Medal Winners
    Cecil Stoughton
    sports
    receptions
    State Floor
    East Room
    In this photograph, taken by Cecil Stoughton on December 1, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson receive guests in the Cross Hall prior to a reception for Olympic medal winners in the East Room. 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.
  • President and Mrs. Kennedy Greet Mezzo-Soprano Grace Bumbry
    Robert L. Knudsen
    music
    State Floor
    East Room
    arts & culture
    meals
    This photograph is of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy greeting mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry in the East Room. Robert L. Knudsen took the photograph during a dinner in honor of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Speaker of the House John McCormack, and Chief Justice Earl Warren on February 20, 1962. Onlookers include Speaker McCormack, Second Lady Lady Bird Johnson, and Vice President Johnson.
  • White House Festival of the Arts
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    military
    arts & culture
    U.S. Marine Band
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    visitors
    In this photograph First Lady Lady Bird Johnson dines with actor Gene Kelly and photographer Edward Steichen at the dinner for the White House Festival of the Arts. On June 14, 1965 over 300 guests attended the White House Festival of the Arts to honor contemporary American artistic achievement. 65 works of art borrowed from 39 museums across the country were displayed in the East Wing and Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. The 14-hour event also featured a photography exhibition in the Vermeil Room, a film screening in the State Dining Room, and a variety of performances in the East Room, State Dining Room, and the South Lawn including Duke Ellington, the Robert Joffrey Ballet, and the Louisville Orchestra.
  • Johnson Family Christmas Portrait
    Frank Wolfe
    Yellow Oval Room
    winter holidays
    Christmas
    Second Floor
    pets
    First Family
    In this photograph, taken by Frank Wolfe on December 24, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson poses with his growing family for a holiday portrait in the Yellow Oval Room. Seated from left: first daughter Luci Baines Johnson Nugent with her son Patrick Lyndon Nugent on her lap; First Lady Lady Bird Johnson; President Johnson with dog Yuki; and first daughter Lynda Bird Johnson Robb cradling infant daughter Lucinda Robb. The family's private Christmas tree is visible in the background. On the wall are paintings "The Forest" (left) and "House on the Marne" (right) by Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson with the Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Robert L. Knudsen
    winter holidays
    State Floor
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Blue Room
    decorations
    Christmas
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson posing by the Blue Room Christmas tree was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 13, 1966. For her third Christmas as first lady, Lady Bird Johnson decorated the tree with thousands of small traditional ornaments, including nuts, fruit, popcorn, dried seedpods, gingerbread cookies, and wood roses from Hawaii.
  • Lynda Bird Johnson and Charles Robb Wed in the East Room
    Unknown
    wedding
    State Floor
    First Family
    East Room
    military
    In this photograph, taken December 9, 1967, newlyweds Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and Capt. Charles S. Robb take their first steps together as man and wife following their wedding ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The ceremony was officiated by the Right Reverend Gerald Nicholas McAllister. This was the 15th wedding held at the White House. The couple enjoyed their wedding cake in the same room where they were married. During the ceremony, the cake was hidden behind a screen, which was removed when guests returned to the East Room for champagne, cake, and dancing. Fellow White House bride Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who married in 1906, was among the approximately 500 guests who attended the wedding. The bride's parents, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, can be seen watching proudly on the left side of this photograph. This photograph is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller oversaw the food preparations for three wedding receptions at the White House for first daughters Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson with Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Queens' Bedroom
    event
    In this photograph, taken November 17, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson meet with Princess Margaret and her husband the Earl of Snowdon in the Queens' Bedroom. Princess Margaret was the sister of England's Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960, she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was given the title Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. The Johnsons received the Earl and Countess of Snowdon in the Queens' suite, a Second Floor guest quarters often reserved for visiting royalty. Over the mantelpiece hangs a trumeau gifted to the White House by Margaret's sister during her visit as a princess in 1951.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson with Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Queens' Bedroom
    event
    In this photograph, taken November 17, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson meet with Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, in the Queens' Bedroom. Princess Margaret was the sister of England's Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960, she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was given the title Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. The Johnsons received the Earl and Countess of Snowdon in the Queens' suite, a Second Floor guest quarters often reserved for visiting royalty. Over the mantelpiece hangs a trumeau gifted to the White House by Margaret's sister during her visit as a princess in 1951.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson with Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Queens' Bedroom
    event
    In this photograph, taken November 17, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson meet with Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, in the Queens' Bedroom. Princess Margaret was the sister of England's Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960, she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was given the title Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. The Johnsons received the Earl and Countess of Snowdon in the Queens' suite, a Second Floor guest quarters often reserved for visiting royalty. Over the mantelpiece hangs a trumeau gifted to the White House by Margaret's sister during her visit as a princess in 1951.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson with Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Queens' Bedroom
    event
    In this photograph, taken November 17, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson meet with Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, in the Queens' Bedroom. Princess Margaret was the sister of England's Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960, she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was given the title Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. The Johnsons received the Earl and Countess of Snowdon in the Queens' suite, a Second Floor guest quarters often reserved for visiting royalty. Over the mantelpiece hangs a trumeau gifted to the White House by Margaret's sister during her visit as a princess in 1951.
  • President and Mrs. Johnson with Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Queens' Bedroom
    event
    In this photograph, taken November 17, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson meet with Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, in the Queens' Bedroom. Princess Margaret was the sister of England's Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960, she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was given the title Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. The Johnsons received the Earl and Countess of Snowdon in the Queens' suite, a Second Floor guest quarters often reserved for visiting royalty. Over the mantelpiece hangs a trumeau gifted to the White House by Margaret's sister during her visit as a princess in 1951.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Welcomes Princess Margaret of England
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    White House Guests
    Second Floor
    Queens' Bedroom
    event
    In this photograph, taken November 17, 1965, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson meets with Princess Margaret in the Queens' Bedroom. Princess Margaret was the sister of England's Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960, she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was given the title Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson received the Earl and Countess of Snowdon in the Queens' suite, a Second Floor guest quarters often reserved for visiting royalty. Over the mantelpiece hangs a trumeau gifted to the White House by Margaret's sister during her visit as a princess in 1951.