Glitz & Glamour in the White House

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Photographic image of strings of pearls with the overlaid text that reads: Glitz & Glamour in the White House.
Photographic image of a late 19th century dress. Extensive beadwork and embroidery adorn the skirt.

Glitz & Glamour in the White House

The Executive Mansion sets a standard for fashion, glitz, and glamour. Presidential gifts bring out the best (impulses) and worst (taste) of the American people while global guests seek to impress. After all, what kind of bling do you get for the POTUS who has everything?

Enjoy this sampling of the exuberance and excesses occasioned by the office of the presidency, from elegant apparel to heartfelt folk art, to ostentatious furniture and one-of-a-kind keepsakes. While primarily focused on the rich array of original content drawn from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s own collection, the exhibit highlights items from every presidency. You won’t be able to unsee some of these over-the-top accouterments!

Come explore for yourself, from stately pearl-adorned evening gowns to ostentatious furniture, solid gold commemorative coins to questionable keepsakes, and everything in between at this exciting new exhibit open from March 7, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

“When and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those full civil rights which have so long been his in law?” Benjamin Harrison

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