The position was begun during the administration of President John F. Kennedy while First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw the restoration of the White House. The first Curator of the White House was Lorraine Waxman Pearce who was appointed in March 1961. Pearce was a graduate of the preservation program at the Winterthur Museum.
The current Curator of the White House is William (Bill) G. Allman.
'SOMETHING OF SPLENDOR: DECORATIVE ARTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE' OPENS AT THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM'S RENWICK GALLERY OCT. 1
Jul 16, 2011; WASHINGTON, July 13 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following press release: "'Something of Splendor': Decorative Arts...
"'SOMETHING OF SPLENDOR': DECORATIVE ARTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE" OPENS AT THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM'S RENWICK GALLERY OCT. 1.
Sep 27, 2011; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the Smithsonian Institution: "'Something of Splendor': Decorative Arts...