About the Artist:
The White House is both a symbol and part of the national heritage of the United States of America. It is the only residence of a Chief of State in the world open to the public without charge and is visited by more than one and a half million people each year.
The White House Historical Association was organized in 1961 to enhance public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. Income from the sale of books, slides and other published materials about the White House is used to acquire historical furnishings and other objects for the White House.
This 1984 Christmas ornament celebrating the history of the U.S. White House was acquired at an estate sale in northwest Indiana. The ornament comes with its original gift box and a six-page description pamphlet.
The design for the White House Christmas ornament for 1984 is based upon the historic Thomas Jefferson peace medal, minted in 1801 at the beginning to the administration of the third President of the United States. Peace medals were presented to American Indian dignitaries as tokens of friendship and they had become an established tradition in North America by the time the model of this ornament was created. Given out extensively by the British in colonial times, the medals of friendship were soon adopted by the leaders of the United States. As early as 1780, one year before the American patriots won their victory at Yorktown, the new government had distributed the first of its own peace medals, struck both in silver and in pewter.
This beautiful and collectible Christmas ornament would make a wonderful holiday gift as well as a welcome addition to any Americana collection.