Catawba College Welcomes Stewart D. McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association, for "Five Chapters of White House History" Presentation

Catawba College is honored to announce the upcoming visit of Stewart D. McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association, for a special presentation titled “Five Chapters of White House History.” The event will be held on Thursday, March 14th at 7 pm in Catawba’s Hedrick Little Theatre. A reception will be held before the event in Peeler Crystal Lounge beginning at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

McLaurin is a distinguished figure in the preservation and promotion of American history, serving as the President of the White House Historical Association. Founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the Association has been instrumental in sharing and safeguarding the rich legacy of the White House, an iconic symbol of freedom and democracy cherished by people worldwide. As a private nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, the Association remains dedicated to advancing Mrs. Kennedy’s vision by fostering a deeper understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion.

“The Five Chapters of White House History” presentation promises to be an enlightening journey through pivotal moments and significant narratives in the history of the White House. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain insights into the evolution of this historic residence, its inhabitants, and its enduring significance in shaping the American narrative.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stewart McLaurin to Catawba for what promises to be a captivating exploration of White House history,” said Meg Dees, Vice President of Development at Catawba. “His expertise and passion for preserving our nation’s heritage are inspiring, and we look forward to an engaging evening that celebrates the legacy of the White House.”

McLaurin is an author, podcaster, and commentator. He explores the history and untold stories of the world’s most iconic residence and office through the 1600 Sessions podcast and a regular column in USA Today. In his tenth year as president, McLaurin has expanded the Association’s cultural and educational programming through award-winning books, popular video series, and virtual and in-person events. Embracing cutting-edge and creative ways to convey rich content to expanding audiences, McLaurin has worked to ensure that White House history will be preserved for future generations.

For more than 35 years, McLaurin has held leadership roles with national nonprofit and higher education organizations, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Motion Picture Association of America, Georgetown University, and the American Red Cross.

McLaurin serves on the board of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the Metropolitan Club Preservation Foundation, and the National Trust of Scotland USA Foundation. He is a senior advisor for Concordia, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to actively fostering, elevating, and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact.

About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $115 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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