On January 1, 2010, the White House Historical Association established the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, a research and educational institute housed at a National Trust for Historic Preservation site.

ps&l 2014 cover croppedCurrently, the center provides ongoing educational programs for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public on the history of the White House and the President’s Neighborhood.

Among its future strategic plans, the development of a digital library will provide unparalleled opportunities for online research and distance learning. In this session, the speakers who hold diverse positions within the White House Historical Association share their experiences with planning and creating a National Center for a national audience, including lessons learned and challenges faced.

Each panelist addresses the offerings and goals of the National Center and incorporate ways in which it could be used as a resource for other sites.

Key takeaway messages:

  • The White House connects all presidents and more than 200 years of American History
  •  The White House Historical Association has a variety of resources and materials for students, teachers, scholars and the general public
  • A new digital library of White House history will include images of interior rooms, fine art, decorative art, architectural drawings and photographs with space for curated content and special presentations
  • Partnerships with other presidential sites and libraries in digital and educational endeavors can help bring White House history to a wider audience

Questions for listeners to ponder:

  • How do you approach the history of the White House?
  • What resources would you need to better incorporate the history of the White House in your teaching, research, or at your site?

Session Chair: Courtney Speckmann, White House Historical Association

Panelists:  Leslie Jones, and Katie Munn, White House Historical Association

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