First Families

Receiving a Gift is Always Interesting --- Especially if You are the President of the United States!

Receiving a Gift is Always Interesting --- Especially if You are the President of the United States!

Kings and queens, chiefs, premiers, presidents and all manner of heads of state have exchanged gifts almost as long as there has been a civilized world. Gifts have been a symbol of respect between people of different cultures, a symbol of peaceful coexistence and international cooperation, even friendship.

But when our country was a young democracy, our leaders felt that accepting gifts from foreign countries was way too dangerous.

What Is So Special About the Gardens at Mount Vernon? I Mean, Really?

What Is So Special About the Gardens at Mount Vernon? I Mean, Really?

I know gardens may seem totally, totally boring!!  And unless you're a lover of eating the freshest food ever, you probably see gardens as not very important. Farms maybe, but not gardens!  But you're really missing something totally interesting, if you accept this!! You can learn a lot about people and periods in history from studying gardens. 

The White House — Home To Some Very Interesting Pets

The White House — Home To Some Very Interesting Pets

Besides being an important office, the White House is also a home and many American homes have pets. So, of course, First Families since 1800 have had their own pets. Everyone loves being worshiped enthusiastically and unconditionally and many pets do just this!  Presidents and their families keep pets for the same reason anyone else does – they love them.

First Children Enjoy the White House In Some Very Interesting Ways

First Children Enjoy the White House In Some Very Interesting Ways

Occasionally during our country’s history, our presidents have moved into the White House with younger children. And, some of these younger children enjoyed the White House in some very interesting, rambunctious ways!  Learn more.

White House Pets & Animals

White House Pets & Animals

From the beginning the White House has been pretty open to animals. Perhaps this is because our early presidents were farmers and they had depended on and cared for animals.  Many early presidents brought their own animals or pets to the White House.  So animals and pets have always been welcomed at the White House.