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Presenter: Stewart D. McLaurin, President, White House Historical Association
If you look beneath the paint that gives the walls of the White House its name and focus your attention on their placement, marks, scars, carvings, and shapes, you might think about the hundreds of individuals who transformed raw outcroppings of Virginia stone into building blocks that resulted in a monumental home for America’s presidents. McLaurin will uncover some of the stories behind the construction of the White House, including contributions of immigrants—detailed in James Hoban: Designer and Builder of the White House and A White House of Stone: Building America’s First Ideal in Architecture (both available in the Museum Shop)—and enslaved workers, a key focus of recent research.
McLaurin was Elizabeth Dole’s chief of staff at the American Red Cross and has also held leadership roles with national nonprofit and educational organizations that include Georgetown University and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. He has been president of the White House Historical Association, which supports conservation and preservation at the White House with nongovernmental funding, since 2014.