Special Event Highlights Mansion Efforts

By on 15 September, 2017 in Carole King with 0 Comments

Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, will be the guest speaker at a special luncheon hosted by the Friends of the Alabama Governors’ Mansion on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in the Joseph M. Farley Auditorium of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Doors open at 11 a.m. and, with limited seating, overflow guests will be accommodated in the Milo B. Howard Auditorium.

From his home state Alabama, McLaurin was appointed President of the White House Historical Association in May 2014, and his career spans the non-profit, education, and public policy fields. Over the past 30 years, he has held senior positions with George Washington’s Mount Vernon, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Motion Picture Association, Georgetown University, American Red Cross, and the Federal Government. Prior to joining the White House Historical Association, Stewart served as Executive Vice President for American Village Citizenship Trust in Birmingham. McLaurin is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama where he studied American History and Political Science.

The White House Historical Association is a private non-profit educational organization with a mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Executive Mansion. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy founded the Association in 1961 to help the White House collect and exhibit the very best artifacts of American history and culture. The Association also sponsors lectures, exhibits, and other outreach programs. Thousands of schools, universities, and libraries have received free educational materials about the White House.

Today, the White House Historical Association’s acquisitions, preservation, research, and education efforts continue through generous private donations and the sale of books, products, and the official White House Ornament. Since 1981, the Association has commissioned the annual White House Christmas Ornament honoring a historic president. The 2017 ornament honors President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his remarkable journey to restore the faith of the American people. The new Association retail shop in the White House Visitor Center includes these products and many other educational, mission-driven products developed by the Association.

Monies from this fundraising event will assist the Friends of the Alabama Governors’ Mansion who have been very active working with the new governor on continuing the work of re-creating the historic interior for the Governors’ Mansion built by the Ligon family in 1907. A specially designed area rug was installed and a significant 19th century sofa was acquired for the First Lady’s Parlor. Period appropriate upholstery fabrics for seating are in the works as well as specialty window treatments to accent the unusual windows.

A special boxed lunch by Jennie Weller Catering is included in the ticket price. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased through FOAGM’s Facebook page or through PayPal.  For more information email foagmbd@gmail.com.

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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