The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the
understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. To fulfill
its purpose, the White House Historical Association produces
educational literature and films, develops special programs, and
maintains a web site interpreting the White House and its history and
the persons and events associated with it. From private funding and the
sale of its educational products, the Association supports the
acquisition of artwork and objects for the White House collection and
contributes to the conservation of the public rooms.
In 1961, when the National Park Service suggested that such an
association be formed, the idea received Mrs. John F. Kennedy’s ready
approval. In July 1962, The White House: An Historic Guide was delivered
to a public that had already ordered 10,000 copies. The guide is now in
its 22nd edition.
The association also sponsors lectures, exhibits and other outreach
programs. Thousands of schools, universities and libraries have received
free educational materials about the White House. Traveling exhibits
and videos are circulated to the presidential libraries and museums.
To learn more about the programs of
The White House Historical Association,