First Lady Jackie Kennedy Supervising Workman in Room at the White House
This week our history studies focus on the Kennedy years. In one quick week we briefly covered the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the geography of Cuba, and the Kennedy family. Today, we spent extra time learning about Jackie Kennedy's White House renovation. We last focused on the White House's architecture and decor when we learned about its construction (in TOG Year 3). I suppose I gave it a disproportionate about of time, but the kids were very fascinated with the history of our President's house.
I read a bit out of Upstairs at the White House by former Chief Usher J.B. West about the Kennedy years and Mrs. Kennedy's renovation plans and then we watched her 1962 NBC television special, A Tour of the White House.
The Whitehousemuseum.org site absorbed most of our day. We just couldn't stop looking at each of the rooms and how they've changed over the years. This website gives you a look at the ground floor and the third floor that is rarely seen in White House coffee-table books, and of course gives photographic histories of all the rooms on the first and second floors.
I admit, this was mostly a fun day, but we did learn to recognize some features of the Federal style and the Victorian style and the Empire style.
Photo from Allposters.com