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  • White House History and Design
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    White House History and Design

    Experts talked about the design history of the White House and what changes, if any, the future may hold. Panelists included architecture professors from the United Kingdom and Ireland as…

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  • White House Stonemasons
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    White House Stonemasons

    White House historian William Seale discussed the Scottish stonemasons who helped build the White House and the exterior carvings that are visible to this day. Mr. Seale is the author of A White…

    394 views
  • First Lady Bess Truman
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    First Lady Bess Truman

    William Seale and Nicole Anslover talked about the life and influence of first lady Bess Truman and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Bess Truman earned a staff salary when her…

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  • First Lady Caroline Harrison
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    First Lady Caroline Harrison

    Edith Mayo and William Seale talked about the life and influence of first lady Caroline Harrison and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. An artist interested in women’s issues,…

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  • First Lady Julia Grant
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    First Lady Julia Grant

    William Seale and Pamela Sanfilippo talked about the life and influence of first lady Julia Grant and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.*From a slave-holding family, she became the wife of the…

    4,466 views
  • First Lady Mary Lincoln
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    First Lady Mary Lincoln

    Richard Norton Smith and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talked about the life and influence of first lady Mary Lincoln and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included her political upbringing…

    5,537 views
  • Discussion on First Ladies and the Executive Mansion
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    First Ladies and the White House

    William Seale talked about the first ladies who have had the most impact on the executive mansion. The conversation was moderated by Susan Swain, C-SPAN co-president and editor of First…

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  • First Ladies Rachel Jackson Emily Donelson and Angelica Singleton Van Buren
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    First Ladies Rachel Jackson, Emily Donelson, and Angelica Singleton Van Buren

    Patricia Brady and Michael Henderson talked about the life and influence of first ladies Rachel Jackson, Emily Donelson, and Angelica Singleton Van Buren. They responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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  • War of 1812 200th Anniversary William Seale
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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, William Seale

    William Seale spoke at a symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British invasion and burning of Washington, D.C., in August 1814. “American Under Fire: Mr. Madison’s war and the…

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  • War of 1812 200th Anniversary Anniversary Dinner
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    War of 1812 200th Anniversary, Anniversary Dinner

    William Allman and William Seale talked about the facts and stories surrounding the British burning of the White House. White House curator William Allman told the story of the portrait of…

    205 views
  • Historical Perspectives on First Ladies
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    Historical Perspectives on First Ladies

    Historians talked about the role of the first lady of the United States and how it had evolved through history. They gave examples of the differences between various first ladies. The panelists responded to…

    3,407 views
  • White House in 1800 A Residence for the Public
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    White House in 1800: A Residence for the Public

    Following opening remarks, historians talked about the early history of the White House and the presidency. Among the topics they addressed were the election of 1800 and it relevance to…

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  • Building the White House
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    Building the White House

    White House historian William Seale talked about George Washington’s involvement in the planning and construction of the White House, as well as the the White House as a symbol of national identity. Among the topics he addresses…

    533 views
  • West Wing The Oval Office
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    West Wing: The Oval Office

    The speakers talked about the West Wing of the White House, focusing on the Oval Office.

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