Home for the Holidays: Christmas at the White House 2001
The Grand Foyer of the White House is decorated for the holidays Dec. 3, 2001. Photo by Tina Hager, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The Grand Foyer of the White House is decorated for the holidays Dec. 3, 2001. Photo by Tina Hager, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Home for the Holidays: Christmas at the White House 2001, the first in an annual series of holiday exhibits, will offer visitors a glimpse into the 2001 White House holiday celebration. Home for the Holidays will be open to the public from November 25, 2013 – January 5, 2014.

Archivists and curators at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will recreate the 2001 White House holiday displays in a special exhibit, Home for the Holidays: Christmas at the White House 2001, incorporating original decorations, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and other materials from the extensive holdings of the National Archives. As White House tours were suspended in 2001 due to heightened security after 9/11, this will be the first time the public will have the chance to directly experience these holiday decorations.

The Christmas theme Home for the Holidays was selected in spring 2001. Mrs. Bush later noted: “Because this year's holiday season follows a national tragedy, both home and family have special meaning to all Americans. Gatherings of loved ones - familiar faces in familiar places - can be a tremendous source of strength and reassurance during this season of remembrance and goodwill.”

A highlight of the exhibit will be 18 scale models of the family homes of American Presidents, including George Washington's Mount Vernon, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hyde Park, Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois and a replica of Lyndon Johnson's Texas ranch, which were all displayed in the White House.

Visitors will discover a photographic representation of the White House Blue Room, a centerpiece of White House holiday decorations.  An 18-foot Christmas tree representing the original 2001 Blue Room tree, which was grown in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania, will be decorated with hundreds of original ornaments depicting historic homes and places of worship throughout the United States.

Click here to learn more about Holidays at the Bush Center and purchase tickets to view the special exhibit here: http://www.bushcenter.org/plan-your-visit/visit-museum


Slideshow: A glimpse into the 2001 White House holiday celebration.

 

  • The White House Christmas Tree stands in the Blue Room, Dec. 3, 2001. Photo by Tina Hager, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • Christmas trees decorate the Cross Hall of the White House Dec. 3, 2001. Photo by Susan Sterner, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • Eight-year-old Talia Lefkowitz passes a candle to President George W. Bush Dec. 10, 2001, during the White House menorah lighting ceremony. Photo by Susan Sterner, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • Mrs. Laura Bush and White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier stand alongside the White House Gingerbread House Dec. 3, 2001. Photo by Susan Sterner, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • A close up of the White House Gingerbread House, Dec. 14, 2001. Photo by Moreen Ishikawa, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • A replica of President Woodrow Wilson's birthplace and first home in Staunton, Virginia, is pictured on the Ground Floor of the White House, Dec. 1, 2001. Photo by Tina Hager, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • Red Room of the White House is decorated for the holidays Dec. 4, 2001. Photo by Tina Hager, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • Mrs. Laura Bush receives the official 2001 White House Christmas Tree Nov. 28, 2001. The 18-foot Concolor fir grown in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania was presented to Mrs. Bush by Hill View Tree Farm of Middleburg. Photo by Susan Sterner

  • A replica of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park, New York pictured in the East Room Dec. 2, 2001. Photo by Tina Hager, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum