The White House

Barbara J. Feldman

Franklin D. Roosevelt called the White House a “house owned by all the American people.” Its first cornerstone was laid on October 13, 1792. John Adams moved in eight years later, even though it wasn’t quite finished. The phrase “White House” is frequently used to refer to the President who lives and works there, and not the building itself. Today’s tour includes a look at both the building and the men and women who have served there.

  • National Geographic: Inside the White House4 stars

    "First day on the job! You got the nomination, you campaigned, you won. Then you took the oath of office, made the first speech of your administration, and danced the night away. But now it's morning in America -- time to face the Oval Office. It's YOUR chance to be President of the United States. Let's see how you do." Other fun clicks include silly things White House children have done (go to Kids) or the clickable map of the White House neighborhood (choose Mapping.) Teachers will like the grade-level classroom activities found under Learn More.

  • Official White House Site5 stars

    Serving as the home page for the United States president, the White House Web site is a mix of politics and history. Politics is covered with presidential photo montages, an archive of speeches and press briefings, and presidential policy statements on topics such as education and tax reform. History is found in the Blue Room (look for History & Tours.) Here you can join an online tour of the White House; learn about its past residents; and view a small portion of the White House's art collection.

  • White House Historical Society5 stars

    For students of all ages, the White House Historical Society is my pick of the day. Reasons to visit include the fabulous White House tour (requires the Flash plug-in); White House history and time line; Photographer's Gallery; White House statistics and Q&A (look under Did You Know and the Spotlight Questions Archive.) Other don't-miss-them goodies are the selection of printable coloring pages (found under Visiting), desktop wallpaper (look under Association) and the great selection of lesson plans for teachers and homeschoolers (access them in the Learning Center.)

  • White House in Miniature5 stars

    "John and Jan Zweifel and a dedicated corps of family and friends have spent more than 500,000 hours over 38 years building this 50-foot [White House] replica. On a scale of one foot to one inch, every piece of furniture is hand carved, every rug is hand stitched, and every wall is hand painted." Since 1976, an estimated 43 million visitors have seen this miniature, which includes private White House rooms not on the public tour. Each year the Zweifels update the decorative details in their White House miniature to reflect changes made to its life-size twin.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "The White House." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 3 Oct. 2001. Web. 19 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/whitehouse/ >.


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