The 1600 Sessions
By The White House Historical Association
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The White House Historical Association presents The 1600 Sessions, a podcast that explores the history, untold stories and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and office – The White House.
||Clean19 Preserving Presidential History||The National Archives has been collecting records of the United States since 1934. It holds billions of documents, photographs, and objects that tell the story of our country and our Presidents. White House Historical Association President Stewart...||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18 America’s Pastime and the Presidency||Baseball has been known as our national pastime and tied to the presidency as far back as the Lincoln administration. In commemoration of the 2018 Major League All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., Stewart McLaurin talks to three experts on baseball and...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17 Decatur House, The President's Neighbor||For two hundred years, Decatur House has stood as a near neighbor to the White House across Lafayette Square. Stewart McLaurin talks to Katherine Malone-France of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and antiques and fine arts expert Osborne...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16 The Irish Architect and the Scottish Stonemasons||In 1792, Irish immigrant James Hoban won a contest to design the White House and created an enduring symbol for America and the world. Stewart McLaurin talks to Ed Lengel and Merlo Kelly about their forthcoming book on Hoban’s architectural legacy,...||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 The Power of Partnerships||The history of the White House appears in unexpected places, from trivia questions at Major League Baseball games to archival photos and a tour of the White House on your smartphone. Stewart McLaurin hosts a roundtable discussion with Association...||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 Mona Lisa in Camelot||In 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy helped arrange one of the most daring art exhibits in American history, bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting from Paris to Washington, DC, and New York City. Stewart McLaurin talks to...||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 Remembering the Truman White House, A Grandson’s Reflections||No recent president has had more impact on the White House than Harry S. Truman, who both modernized the building and preserved it for future generations. Stewart McLaurin talks with President Truman’s grandson, Clifton Daniel, about...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 Death in the White House||Death comes to every home, including the White House. From the loss of cherished family members to presidential funerals, there are many established White House traditions surrounding grief. Stewart McLaurin explores the history of presidential...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 Holidays at the White House||From your family to the First Family, the winter holidays are a special time of year. Stewart McLaurin explores the history behind Christmas traditions at the White House, talking to Jennifer Pickens, author of “Christmas at the White...||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 The President's Own: The Marine Band and the White House||From entertainment to diplomacy, music has played an important role in White House history. Stewart McLaurin talks to Colonel Jason Fettig, Director of the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, about the organization that has provided the...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 Founding the White House Historical Association||The White House Historical Association has been preserving and sharing White House history since its founding by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. Stewart McLaurin interviews two people who were there from the beginning - Nash Castro and Leonard...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 A Conversation With Michael Beschloss||The White House has always shaped the lives of the Presidents and First Families who have lived there, and reflected the mood and times of the country at large. Stewart McLaurin talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about some of his...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07 White House Curator||Who takes care of the thousands of historic artifacts in the White House, cataloguing and preserving everything from presidential portraits to presidential china? And how does that person balance the needs of a building that is both a museum...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 Social Secretaries||How do you plan for a State Dinner with hundreds of guests, a private meal with a King and Queen or an historic peace treaty signing? What does it take to host several public events each day, as well as private events for the President, First...||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 A White House of Stone||The White House has seen many physical changes throughout its more than 200 years of history. But its original stone walls, taken from a quarry in Aquia, Virginia, have always endured, surviving the fires of war and major twentieth century...||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 British Invasion to French Restoration||The burning of the White House by the British in 1814 during James Madison’s presidency represented a low point in our political relations with England - but its restoration during James Monroe’s administration demonstrated a high point of our...||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 Springtime at the White House||Spring is a special time in our nation’s capital, when cherry blossoms bloom and the White House garden comes alive. Some spring traditions - like the famous White House Easter Egg Roll - date back to the 19th Century, while others are more recent...||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 Presidential Portraits||Portrait artists have captured the images and personalities of our Presidents and First Ladies throughout history, providing a record of their time in office and highlighting their accomplishments and leadership. It wasn’t always tradition to...||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 Moving Day||Americans are familiar with the ceremonies of Inauguration Day, when a new President takes the oath of office at the Capitol. But what happens behind closed doors at the White House when you have just a few frantic hours to prepare for a new First...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00 Introduction||The White House Historical Association presents The 1600 Sessions, a podcast that explores the history, untold stories and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and office – The White House.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Such a historic building
It's always crazy to find out how much I don't know.
Entertaining & Thoroughly Educational
Absolutely exceptional series that educates without feeling stodgy or stuffy. The experts are the real deal. I found the 30+ minutes went by way too quickly! Keep it coming! Would definitely love to see these turned into videos, especially given all of your archival material! Thank you!
Fantastic for the History Buff!
I have really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next episode.