How to Be Presidential: Lessons from George Washington

George Washington was not born a leader, but he carefully made himself into one. On June 22, 2012, for $9,826,500, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association purchased George Washington’s personal bound copy of the Constitution with the Bill of Rights and Acts of Congress. The volume dated from 1789, Washington’s first year in office as president[…]

26 Hours in August: The Burning of Washington in 1814

Fuel was added to the fires that night to ensure they would continue burning into the next day. Introduction The Burning of Washington is the name given to the burning of Washington, D.C., by British forces in 1814, during the War of 1812. Strict discipline and the British commander’s orders to burn only public buildings[…]

John and Abigail Adams: The Beginning of White House Tradition

As the first residents of the White House, they began, under difficult conditions, a 200-year tradition of making the house a home. By Betty C. MonkmanWhite House Curator Emeritus John and Abigail Adams had a wealth of experience in establishing and living in official houses prior to their move into the new President’s House in[…]