Month: November 2011

Presentation of the White House turkey for Thanksgiving 1961.  October 19, 1961.

White House Turkey

From 50 years ago, courtesy of our Audiovisual Archives, the presentation to the White House of the Thanksgiving Turkey, which seems to be less than thrilled by the honor.  What’s that you say?  You want a picture of John F. Kennedy with your turkey?  Then you will have to go here. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.  

Copyright Barbara Kent Lawrence.  Used with permission.

Scholar at Work: Barbara Kent Lawrence

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist In keeping with our desire to highlight some of the research work that goes on within the Library walls, we asked writer Barbara Kent Lawrence to discuss her latest project, which was sparked by family history.  It must be confessed that when Ms. Lawrence first contacted us, we were…

Charlie and Pushinka

Doggie Détente

  From our Audiovisual Reference archivists What follows is the story of a White House pet, and just possibly its historical effect. The Kennedy White House was notable for the number of animals that eventually occupied it.  Among these was President Kennedy’s dog Charlie, a Welsh terrier given to the family by the President’s father,…

White House Easter Egg Roll, April 3, 1961

Historical Knowledge Advances!

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist We have some answers regarding regarding the pictures we posted a couple of weeks ago. Football Hall of Fame Dinner in New York City December 5, 1961, Room 805, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City.  White House Army Signal Agency staff members Jack Rubley and John J. Cochran are…