FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 5, 2014
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697
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History Associates Develops Exhibit Content for the New White House Visitor Center
After two years and $12.6 million in renovations, the new White House Visitor Center reopened to the public on Saturday, September 13, 2014. History Associates, the leading U.S. historical research firm, served on the project team that developed the new exhibits for the Center. The firm worked closely with exhibit designers Gallagher & Associates, architects SmithGroup, the National Park Service (NPS) and the White House Historical Association (the Association).
“The White House has the unique position of being not only a national stage, but also the working office for the executive branch of government and the home of the first family,” noted Dr. James Lide, History Associates Vice President. “It has been the backdrop for an amazingly diverse range of historic events and fascinating stories.”
Starting in 2010, History Associates historians worked with the project team to research the stories, documents, and imagery that would highlight the rich history of the “People’s House.” These included photos documenting historic moments, such as the gathering of President Jimmy Carter, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Mrs. Begin, and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in the Blue Room for the Camp David Accords signing ceremony in 1978. Other exhibit items include iconic images of the famous White House Easter Egg Roll from the 1920s to modern day, and a display of many delightful letters that children have sent to the president over the years.
“I am proud of the thought and care that inspired the White House Visitor Center’s world-class exhibits and accessibility – and encouraged by the modern technology that seeks to engage our country’s next generation in the important and historic story of the Presidencies that have shaped our country,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in a joint NPS and Association press release about the project. The new Visitor Center features illuminating interactive exhibits, a model of the White House, and a new permanent museum gallery that illustrates the many functions served by the White House.
The National Park Service’s 2012-2014 renovation of the White House Visitor Center was made possible by a public-private partnership with the Association, which contributed $7.5 million to the $12.6 million project. The Visitor Center, located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., is free to visit and open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit www.historyassociates.com.