June 28, 1962 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy joined the President for a ceremony marking publication of a guidebook that will enable White House tourists to examine at leisure what they have missed in haste. The guidebook, costing $1, will go on sale July 4 in the east lobby of the White House. It will also be available by mail order. #whitehouse #JFK #history
Feb. 20, 1962 — Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano, sang at the White House tonight after a state dinner at which she scarcely ate a bite. The 25-year-old opera star had wanted to skip the dinner entirely and concentrate on her after-dinner performance for President and Mrs. Kennedy and their guests. “My business is singing,” she told friends earlier. “If I go to dinner, I’ll eat and not sing very well.” Miss Bumbry finally took the advice of her assistant manager, Michael Sweeley.
Feb. 15, 1962 - Mrs. Kennedy’s televised tour of the White House Wednesday night was watched by 46,550,000 persons, according to survey results issued today by the American Research Bureau. The program was watched by three of every four persons who viewed television between 10 and 11 p.m. ABC, which earlier had declined to join the two other networks in televising Mrs. Kennedy’s program, reversed its position today. James C. Hagerty, vice president of news, said the tape-reco
Dec. 12, 1961 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy will appear early next year on a network television program originating from the White House. The First Lady’s appearance will be taped in advance and shown later on CBS-TV. The program will be concerned primarily with the White House itself and Mrs. Kennedy’s activities in redecorating it and refurbishing the furniture and other objects of historical and artistic interest. The television showing will not be sponsored, and its date and
Nov. 2, 1961 - President Kennedy strongly endorsed New York City Mayor Wagner (left) today for a third term. On his arrival at La Guardia Airport for an afternoon in the city, Mr. Kennedy released a statement voicing “with the utmost conviction my whole-hearted support for the re-election of Mayor Robert F. Wagner.” The President described the Mayor as a man with unmatched experience in coping with city problems, and declared it was important to the success of his own program
Nov. 2, 1961 - The old Truman Administration took over the White House last night. Surrounded by old friends and aides, former President Harry S. Truman was honored at a dinner given by President and Mrs. Kennedy. The former Margaret Truman, now Mrs. Clifton Daniel of New York, was present with her husband. Not since the last night of the Truman Administration in January, 1953, had the family spent the night at the White House. The party lasted until after 11 p.m. Mr. Truman
Nov. 1, 1961 - A White House room used by 19th-century Presidents for secret conferences is being refurbished as President Kennedy’s private meeting place. The room on the second floor of the family quarters at the head of the Grand Staircase is rich in history. Known as the Monroe Room (pictured in 1931), it was used as President Lincoln’s Cabinet room. Presidents from Lincoln’s time until Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 held their secret conferences in the salon, which was forme
Aug. 23, 1961 - A Georgia couple who had promised their three children a trip through the White House got more than they bargained for today. President Kennedy welcomed them into his private office. Mrs. Jack Sprayberry of Rome, Ga., earned her family this experience by being in the right line at the right time. She was the millionth visitor to the White House this year. Mr. Kennedy chat with the Sprayberrys was somewhat one-sided. Mrs. Sprayberry told reporters that her chil