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White House Historical Association Annual Holiday Book Festival

Meet the authors of books about The White House.

Since 1962, the White House Historical Association has produced award-winning books on many subjects related to the history of the President's House—from its architecture, gardens, fine and decorative arts to the presidents and first ladies who lived there over the years. The titles appeal to history buffs and art lovers, connoisseurs and curious amateurs, scholars and tourists, adults and children. 

You are invited to meet the authors of these award-winning books at our Holiday Book Festival on December 2, 2022 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the White House History Shop, 1610 H Street NW.  Event is free. Register here.

Guests will meet President Thomas Jefferson (as played by Bill Barker)

Artist and illustrator Dr. John Hutton will provide drawing lessons and demonstrate how to draw the presidents.

With every book purchase receive the chance to win an original Hutton drawing at the raffle.


Peter Waddell, known for his paintings of Washington, D.C., history, and architecture, will be working on two White House paintings throughout the day and will be available to answer questions as he paints.

Alex Prud'homme will sign his foreword to The White House Family Cookbook by White House Executive Chef Henry Haller and his article "Julia Child Goes Behind the Scenes at the White House" in White House History Quarterly.

Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn will sign her introduction to her father's memoir 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents; and, from the White House History Quarterly issue "Protecting the Presidents: The History of the United States Secret Service," she will sign her article "Growing Up a Secret Service Agent’s Daughter: Life with My Father Rufus W. Youngblood"

Ken Walsh, former president of the White House Correspondent's Association, will sign his articles from White House History Quarterly on Photography and Television issues as well as his book Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History.

Mary Jo Binker will sign her articles from White House History Quarterly on Fashion, Television, and Social Secretaries as well her books If You Ask Me: Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt and What Are We For?: The Words and Ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Chef Mark Ramsdell will sign books he co-authored with the late Chef Roland Mesnier: Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef’s Secrets and The White House in Gingerbread.

Bill Barker will sign his book Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father.

Matthew Wendel will sign Recipes from the President’s Ranch: Food People Like to Eat.