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The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families Hardcover – November 1, 2000
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From Library Journal
Publication of this well-written, beautifully photographed book coincides with the 200th anniversary of White House occupancy. Monkman, the White House curator, documents the furnishings and decorative objects as well as the metamorphoses of White House interiors. The impact of the presidents and first ladies is particularly intriguing. Monkman traces the house's history from its humble beginningsDJohn and Abigail Adams moved in to a partially finished building in November 1800Dthrough its sacking during the Madison administration to Jacqueline Kennedy's impressive efforts to keep the history of the house alive. Her work led to the institutionalization of the White House as a museum, which the American Museum Association accredited in 1988. The back of the book features a catalog of the illustrated objects. This important work is highly recommended for any collection.DJennifer Mayer, Univ. of Wyoming Libs., Laramie
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Betty C. Monkman has worked in the White House curator's office since 1967; in 1997 she was named curator. She has written numerous articles on White House decorative arts. Bruce White, formerly a staff photographer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, specializes in photographing art and architecture.
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honest, didn't remember too much about it... this book was a great way to go back and
look at all of the beautiful furniture and the historical memorabilia that is our nation's
home... the photos are glorious. You won't be disappointed.