54 episodes

The White House Historical Association presents The 1600 Sessions, a podcast that explores the history, untold stories and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and office – The White House.

The 1600 Session‪s‬ The White House Historical Association

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 125 Ratings

The White House Historical Association presents The 1600 Sessions, a podcast that explores the history, untold stories and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and office – The White House.

    53 Conversations from White House History Happy Hour

    53 Conversations from White House History Happy Hour

    In this first episode of 2021, White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin introduces the Association’s popular virtual program History Happy Hour, and shares conversations with historians, first family members, and other presidential staff about the lives of presidents and first ladies throughout American history.

    • 31 min
    52 A Tour of White House History with Michael Beschloss

    52 A Tour of White House History with Michael Beschloss

    In this final episode of 2020, White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin has a conversation with presidential historian Michael Beschloss. They discuss the 220 years of White House history and the Association’s work over the past 60 years to support conservation, preservation, and acquisitions and to make the White House accessible and relatable to Americans today.

    • 45 min
    51 St. John’s, the Church of the Presidents

    51 St. John’s, the Church of the Presidents

    Since the James Madison presidency, St. John’s Church has been an important part of the life of Lafayette Square and of the nation at large. In this special Thanksgiving episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin interviews the Rector of St. John’s Church, Rev. Rob Fisher, about the many historic ties that it shares with the White House, and how its congregation approaches both its history and its contemporary mission.

    • 35 min
    50 Special Episode: Reflections on the First 49 Episodes

    50 Special Episode: Reflections on the First 49 Episodes

    For the past four years, the monthly 1600 Sessions podcast has told the story of the White House through conversations with historians and eyewitnesses to the history at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In this 50th episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin reflects back on some of his favorite moments from the first 49 episodes.

    • 37 min
    49 Wine and the White House

    49 Wine and the White House

    Wine has a long and important history in the White House, playing a unique role in entertaining, public ceremonies, and even global diplomacy. In this episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin interviews Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., about his new book published with the Association, “Wine and the White House: A History,” providing a comprehensive look at each president’s experiences with wine.

    • 47 min
    48 White House Transitions

    48 White House Transitions

    The transfer of power from one administration to the next is a hallmark of American democracy, but it hasn’t always been an orderly experience. In this episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin interviews Dr. Martha Kumar, Director or the White House Transition Project, and Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and former Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, about the history and evolution of presidential transitions.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

Ladyrx ,

Wonderful podcast

Stewart McLaurin does a fabulous job with this podcast. I love Presidential History and enjoy all the different aspects of White House history explored. Keep up the great job Stewart, and Roll Tide!!

lifegeek101 ,

Great inside view

I love this podcast as a way to understand what makes the White House an important part of our history and understanding how it functions for our country. I am especially pleased to hear how the association is delving into the building’s history and it’s inhabitants’ relationships with slavery.

ThePrinceIsaac ,

Highly Informative and Interesting

I was so excited to have discovered this professional and official podcast by the White House Historical Association. It goes into depth about a whole list of different and important subjects in White House history

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