White House Historical Association Ornaments

Thank you for your interest! Ornament orders closed on November 3, 2019 and we are unable to add new orders at this time. We will have a limited number of extras available; please contact Tracey Furman at tfurman@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 106 to inquire about purchasing one using cash or check. The cost is $23 each.

Ornaments will be available for pick-up in the office at St. Paul's starting November 17. (Please note this is a change from the November 10 date we initially announced, and thank you for your patience with this brief delay.)

All proceeds from this year's sale benefit the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.

About This Year's Ornament

From the White House Historical Association website:

The White House Historical Association's Official 2019 White House Christmas Ornament honors Dwight D. Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth president of the United States. This ornament symbolizes President Eisenhower's commitment to innovation. Eisenhower was the first president to fly in a helicopter while in office in July 1957, and thereafter the helicopter became a feature of White House life. It was often used by the president to commute short distances.

As the first president to regularly use a helicopter, he had two Executive Flight Detachments for his transport with crews provided by the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. To demonstrate his impartiality, the president alternated between these helicopters and their respective military personnel. 

Likewise, the Official 2019 White House Christmas Ornament does not represent a single helicopter. One side features the Presidential Seal, representing Eisenhower's two terms as commander in chief of the Armed Forces. On the other side is his five-star rank, honoring his military service as a general in the United States Army.

About the W.H.H.A.

The White House Historical Association is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

The WHHA's mission is to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the rich history of America’s Executive Mansion, its architecture and design, and the people who spent time living and working within its walls. Today, the WHHA's acquisition, preservation, research, and education efforts continue through generous private donations and the sale of books, products, and the official White House Ornament.

Learn more: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/about