Turning Points

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May 07, 2019 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association announces the release of its 53rd issue of White House History Quarterly: "Turning Points at the White House: Great Expectations." This issue explores pivotal moments in larger chapters of change at the White House.

  • Modern innovations are highlighted by Charles Denyer who previews the new model of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, a service brought to the White House by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is also the subject of the 2019 White House Christmas Ornament, released in February.
  • One hundred years ago, on June 4, 1919, Congress passed the women’s suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. This issue commemorates the suffragists with an article by historian William Seale on the onetime headquarters of the National Woman's Party on Lafayette Square.
  • The right for women to vote did not automatically extend to U.S. territories. Teresa Carandang and Erwin R. Tiongson follow the Philippine women who fought for suffrage and called on First Lady Florence Harding, an advocate of women’s rights and the earliest first lady to have voted in a presidential election for her husband.
  • An article by Lauren McGwin, illustrated by Peter Waddell, explores the work of the first ladies from Eleanor Roosevelt to Michelle Obama who set the stage for the presidency with contributions to White House decor.
  • Melissa Naulin, assistant White House Curator, chronicles the creation of the White House china collection and its display in the China Room.
  • William Allman, former White House Curator, tells the story of the artwork depicting American dance forms created for the magnificent Steinway piano in 1938 and still in use at the White House today.
  • 2019 marks fifty years since Pat Nixon took on the role of first lady. Her devotion to the protection and collection of historic White House furnishings is a story almost unknown, told here by Kathryn L. Beasley.
  • Finally, we remember the late President George H.W. Bush with a speech by Christopher Buckley an author who knew him well.


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