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The George W. Bush Childhood Home to Attend Presidential Sites Summit in Washington, D.C.

August 27-30, 2018

Summit Includes Historic Gathering of Presidential Descendants and

World-Renowned Speakers, Exclusive Tours, Evening Events, Resources


August 21, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) The Executive Director of the George W. Bush Childhood Home, Paul St.Hilaire, will attend the Presidential Sites Summit, hosted by the White House Historical Association this August. The 4-day national gathering, themed “Back to the White House,” will draw leaders from presidential sites across the country - and from across the spectrum of historical professions- reconnecting them with the domain that defined every presidency: the White House. The Summit begins with an opening ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial and includes exclusive tours of the White House, Library of Congress and the National Cathedral.

The summit also features:

The White House as Depicted in Movies and Television with the Motion Picture Association of America

On Tuesday, August 28, David M. Rubenstein will host a panel discussion at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, on a stage inspired by the White House Oval Office. Panelists to be announced soon.

A Gathering of Presidential Descendants

Descendants of U.S. presidents have been invited to convene at the summit and will be honored during a special reception at the Kennedy Center, following the above panel discussion. Several presidential descendants will also participate in a summit panel called, “Lineage and Legacy: The Stories of Presidential Descendants” on Tuesday, August. 28.

World-Renowned Speakers: The Summit features a number of general and breakout sessions with topics including the digitization of historical and archival materials; the use of immersive experiences and creative partnerships to educate the public; and a conversation with former press secretaries, White House correspondents, journalists and other related speakers.

World-renowned speakers include President of the Massachusetts Historical Society and author, Catherine Allgor; Director and CEO of The Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, William J. Antholis (moderator); Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus with the University of Richmond, Edward Ayers; daughter of President and Mrs. Gerald Ford, Susan Ford Bales; Adjunct Professor of Journalism at American University and former White House correspondent and columnist, Richard Benedetto; President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Leslie Bowman; Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer with the Washington Nationals, Valerie Camillo;  Former director of public relations for City Colleges of Chicago’s Truman College, author, actor and grandson of President Harry S. Truman, Clifton Truman Daniel; Executive Director of iCivics, Louise Dubé; Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Presidential History (CPH) at Southern Methodist University, Jeffrey A. Engel; Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero; Co-Founder and CEO of DreamWakers, Monica Gray Logothetis; former White House Chief of Staff to Laura Bush and assistant to George Bush, Anita McBride; descendent of president Grover Cleveland and President William McKinley, Massee McKinley; President of the White House Historical Association, Stewart D. McLaurin; presidential historian and author, Jon Meacham; former White House Executive Pastry Chef and noted culinary writer, Roland Mesnier; Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and Clinical Associate Professor of History at New York University, Timothy Naftali; former White House Press Secretary, Ron Nessen; journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group and PowHerful Foundation, Soledad O’Brien (moderator); journalist and USA Today Washington Bureau Chief, Susan Page; Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies at The Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, Barbara Perry; Director of Internet and Technology at the Pew Research Center, Lee Rainie; daughter of President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, Lynda Johnson Robb; author and contributor to ABC News and NPR, Cokie Roberts; Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School and President and Chief Executive Officer with the National Consitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen; Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group and philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein; American historian and author William Seale; Professor and Director of American Studies at St. Joseph’s University, Katherine A.S. Sibley; presidential historian and author, Richard Norton Smith; Director, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Paul Sparrow; Former White House Social Secretary, Ann Stock; Washington Post education journalist, Valerie Strauss; Co-CEO and President of C-SPAN, on-air host and author, Susan M. Swain; Associate Director of Education with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Janet Tran; President and CEO of the LBJ Foundation and author and presidential historian, Mark K. Updegrove; Founder and CEO of The American Village Citizenship Trust, Tom Walker; and White House correspondent and columnist for U.S. News & World Report and author, Kenneth T. Walsh, among others.

WHERE: Summit sessions will be held at Willard InterContinental 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Learn more about the Summit and see a complete schedule of events here.

If you are interested in covering this event as a member of the press, you must contact Jessica Fredericks, Communications Director at Jfredericks@whha.org in order to reserve a space.


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. In 1961, the 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 White House Historical Association has contributed more than $47 million in fulfillment of its mission. To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit www.whitehousehistory.org.


For local information please call Paul St.Hilaire, 432-685-1112