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Let’s Talk Live: Why Did Jackie O Start the White House Historical Association?

Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 1.12.46 PMSeptember 2, 2015 — The White House Historical Association was founded in 1961 through the efforts of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. This private, non-profit organization has a big mission — to enhance the public’s understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House.

Working with the National Park Service, the Curator of the White House, and the First Family — the WHHA is charged with the care and conservation of the historic staterooms of the White House.

On the Sept. 2, 2015 episode of Let’s Talk Live, host Julie Wright interviewed historian William Bushong, the chief White House historian and VP of the WHHA — and David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation.

Julie asked:

  1. Bill — take us back to 1961 when Jacqueline Kennedy decided there needed to be a White House Historical Association.
  2. Bill — Which first ladies have been most active in the effort of preservation?
  3. Bill — Is much of the collection on view to the public?
  4. David — You just did an interview with Bill for your Grateful American TV Show. What was the one thing you learned about the White House collection that you didn’t know before?
  5. David — You always share with us a fascinating fact about the historic organization you help bring on Let’s Talk Live. What is the one thing we didn’t know about First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy?

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