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White House History ‘A Book Affair To Remember’




Annual Holiday Book Fair: A Book Fair To Remember

The White House Historical Association Book Fair was an affair to remember. This was a special pre Christmas event that featured many prominent Washington based authors and historians. History buffs got the chance to meet the authors and enjoy a charming musical performance. The piano was Steinway’s 100,000th. It was presented by Steinway and Sons to President Roosevelt January 1903. The piano was decorated with the coats of arms of the thirteen original states had a beautiful painting etched under the lid. This is a must see!

Several authors were at the event signing books. Artist John Hutton showed us how to draw. He also signed copies of his book, ” How To Draw The Presidents.” Roland Mesnier, who was a White House chef  for over 30 years signed copies of his book, “White House Desserts” and the “White House In Gingerbread.” Osbourne Mackie was there showcasing famous artifacts and signing his book, “The Stephen Decatur House.” Author Peter Waddell, a New Zealand native gave wonderful advices on success and longevity. Waddell signed copies of his book, “An Artist Visits The White House Past” and gave wonderful anecdotes about his experiences, which lead to his success in America.

If you are a Jackie kennedy fan then you may see her featured in the White House quarterly. The book ” Mid-Century Fashion and First Ladies: From Ready -to-Wear to Haute Couture” showcased fashions of first ladies of the mid-century.

You may see a short clip of the event December 6th by clicking on the link above. If you would like to purchase a book, then visit the White House Historical Associations Website to purchase the books mentioned in this article.