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Celebrations at the White House

The Clintons hosted many events at the White House, including picnics on the South Lawn, arrival ceremonies for visiting heads of state, and White House tours. This area of the permanent exhibit provides a look at some of these special occasions, such as the annual Easter egg roll and events commemorating the turn of the millennium.

These celebrations reflected the diversity of holiday traditions in America. Among the holidays celebrated at the White House were Saint Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Ramadan, Thanksgiving Day, Chanukah, and Christmas. This exhibit area features photos and objects relating to various holidays and special events, including a glass sculpture created by artist Dale Chihuly for the White House Millennium Celebration, hand-made Christmas tree ornaments, hand-painted Easter eggs, and crystal bowls given by the Prime Minister of Ireland to commemorate Saint Patrick’s Day.

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