Instructor: Tom Brocher
George Washington thought the President’s home should resemble the grand palaces of Europe. The British almost burned it down. The U. S. Army wanted to paint it black. Harry Truman had the interior completely gutted and replaced. This is a two-part presentation (comprised of equal parts fact and humor) on the history of the White House and what life has been like for the temporary residents in this most famous of homes.
Session 1: History of the design, construction, and renovation of the White House – from the first concepts to the present day.
Session 2: Little known facts about life in the White House. Anecdotes about the first families’ lives and a few humorous stories arising out of the peculiar needs and attitudes of those who have called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.