Category Archives: White House

White House Staff Remember Lou

By Thomas F. Schwartz, Director A genre of writing concerns the memoirs of domestic White House staff.  Personal secretaries, head butlers, maids, and secret service who live round the clock with the President, First Lady, and First Family see and … Continue reading

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White House Musicales: The Rest of the Story

By Thomas Schwartz Having previously noted some of the White House musicales presented during the Hoover Administration, one may ask who was in charge of determining the programs and securing the artists. These tasks were the responsibility, not of a … Continue reading

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White House ‘Musicales’

The Hoovers continued the tradition, which began during the Theodore Roosevelt administration, of sponsoring concerts or “musicales” at the White House, usually following important dinners or receptions. The Hoovers’ tastes, and therefore the programming, tended toward classical music. Some of … Continue reading

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Hoover and Books

A love of books is rarely innate and usually the result of careful cultivation. Herbert Hoover described a moment when he was a teenager in Salem, Oregon when Miss Jennie Gray took an interest in his education. “She took me … Continue reading

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Recollections Of A Piece of Wood 1930

One of the many improvements to the White House was undertaken by President Calvin Coolidge.  In 1927, Coolidge replaced 100-year-old pine beams with an expanded third floor using a steel frame.  Of the most under-appreciated endeavors of First Lady Lou … Continue reading

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Movie Night at the White House

Like many of their generation, Herbert and Lou Hoover were fascinated by motion pictures. They lived at a time when film evolved from its infancy into a mature industry. Silent pictures were often enhanced by a piano, theatre organ accompaniment … Continue reading

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