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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.
  • Black Tie Dinner for the National Council on the Arts
    Robert L. Knudsen
    winter holidays
    military
    meals
    decorations
    arts & culture
    U.S. Marine Band
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    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, Lynda Bird Johnson, eldest daughter of the president and first lady, dances with guests in the Entrance Hall as the United States Marine Band performs. The room is festively decorated for the holiday season: visible on the mirror behind the Marine Band is an elaborate "Twelve Days of Christmas" motif, made of colorful felt figures. Similar displays were a tradition in the Entrance Hall throughout Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency.
  • 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.
  • President and Mrs. Harding and Guests Descend the South Portico
    Harris & Ewing
    American Indians
    South Portico
    east view
    Jacqueline Kennedy Garden
    In this photograph, President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Kling Harding descend the east staircase of the South Portico with guests who are dressed in traditional American Indian attire. During his presidency, Warren G. Harding welcomed several prominent members of the American Indian community at the White House including Chief Plenty Coups (Alaxchíia Ahú) from the Crow nation, and Chief Buffalo Bear and Princess Buffalo Bear of the Sioux nation. The East Garden is partially visible on the right side of this photograph. The garden was rededicated as the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden in 1965 by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.
  • 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.
  • Santa Claus Greets Guests at Children's Christmas Party
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    State Floor
    Christmas
    Blue Room
    winter holidays
    parties
    In this photograph, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 18, 1965, guests of a White House Christmas party attempt to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, framed in the door of the Blue Room. Luci Baines Johnson, youngest daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, hosted the party to brighten the holiday season for approximately 150 local children. The children gathered in the Blue Room to see the official White House Christmas Tree, which is traditionally placed at its center. In 1965, the tree was adorned with garlands made from nuts, popcorn, and cranberries, and 3000 ornaments including decorations made from gingerbread, straw stars, bunches of geraniums, and toy soldiers. During the party, the children also enjoyed sweet treats in the State Dining Room, watched a concert in the East Room by Estonian-Swedish pianist Käbi Larete, and were presented with toys including jack-in-the boxes and mechanical animals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Holiday Card from President and Mrs. Johnson, 1967
    White House Calligraphy Office
    holidays
    Christmas
    document
    This is the front cover of a Christmas card that was presented to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller from First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon B. Johnson in December 1967. This was Haller's second Christmas at the White House, though he was to remain executive chef until 1987. The interior of the card features an illustration by Robert Laessig of the official White House Christmas tree, positioned in its traditional spot in the center of the Blue Room. The back of the card discusses the tradition of Christmas trees in the White House. To view the card in its entirety, see 1128401. This card is part of a personal collection belonging to Chef Haller. In the position, Haller served five first families and their distinguished guests from 1966-1987.
  • Holiday Card from President and Mrs. Johnson, 1968
    White House Calligraphy Office
    south view
    print
    holidays
    South Lawn
    Christmas
    Washington Monument
    Jefferson Memorial
    This is the illustrated side of a holiday card that was presented to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller from First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon B. Johnson in December 1968. The card features an illustration by Robert Laessig of the South Grounds as seen from the South Portico, with the Jefferson Monument and Washington Monument visible in the distance. The card includes a note from the presidential couple, declaring "appreciation" and "warmest wishes" for "all the years ahead." The Johnson's 1968 holiday card marked both the passing of the holiday season as well as the end of the Johnson administration, with the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon the following month. To see the full card, see 1128399. This card is part of a personal collection belonging to Chef Haller. In the position, Haller served five first families and their distinguished guests from 1966-1987.
  • Holiday Card from President and Mrs. Johnson, 1967
    White House Calligraphy Office
    Christmas
    holidays
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    print
    This is the interior of a Christmas card that was presented to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller from First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon B. Johnson in December 1967. This was Haller's second Christmas at the White House, though he was to remain executive chef until 1987. The card features an illustration by Robert Laessig of the official White House Christmas tree, positioned in its traditional spot in the center of the Blue Room. The back of the card discusses the tradition of Christmas trees in the White House. To view the card in its entirety, see 1128401. This card is part of a personal collection belonging to Chef Haller. In the position, Haller served five first families and their distinguished guests from 1966-1987.