Christmas at the White House
See how different presidents celebrated
with new Holiday exhibit at Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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[November 13, 2017]
From sending formal cards to celebrating in Palm
Springs to hanging Abraham Lincoln ornaments, America’s presidents
have marked Christmas in ways that reflect their personalities.
Those celebrations are the focus of a new exhibit opening next month
at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
“Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas” opens Nov.
17 and runs through Jan. 7. It features photos and original
artifacts from four administrations: Dwight Eisenhower, John F.
Kennedy, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
The special exhibit is free with regular admission to the Lincoln
museum (212 N. 6th Street, Springfield).
The presidential library will once again offer families a chance to
snap holiday photos with our gorgeous decorations. From Nov. 22
through Dec. 31, people will be allowed into the museum after 4 p.m.
at no charge to take a few quick photos in the main plaza.
And on the day after Thanksgiving, the presidential library presents
“Fun, Frosty Friday,” a day of free games and children’s activities
for anyone looking for an alternative to shopping madness. From 10
a.m. to 2 p.m., activities will include a life-sized game of “Candyland,”
a magic show and learning about the ice age.
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“Holidays at the White House: A Presidential
Christmas” gathers unique items from the Eisenhower, Kennedy,
Clinton and George W. Bush presidential libraries. Visitors will see
Lincoln-themed decorations, family photos, gifts received by the
presidents, official Christmas cards, a White House menorah and
more.Which president had a “Dogs love Christmas too!” stocking? Who got an elegant
globe-shaped clock from his cabinet secretaries? Who displayed a model of
Lincoln’s Springfield home? The exhibit reveals all the answers.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the
story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to
all aspects of Illinois history.
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