Three Decades of White House Ornaments Adorn Willard Hotel Lobby

Washington, DC (November 27, 2012) – This year, as the nation prepares for its presidential inauguration, the Willard InterContinental is offering visitors an up close view of the entire White House Christmas Ornaments collection displayed on the hotel’s celebrated lobby tree.

A beloved holiday tradition started by the White House Historical Association in 1981, the ornaments, which will be on display to early January, chronologically honor a different president or special White House event each year.

Here is an ornament from 1995 displayed on the tree at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel lobby.
The White House Historical Association’s 2012 ornament honors William Howard Taft, the twenty-seventh president of the United States (1909-1913) who introduced the motorcar to White House transportation.

The design depicts President and Mrs. Taft delivering Christmas presents seated behind their chauffer in a White Motor Company Model M, a seven-passenger steam-powered car embellished with the Great Seal of the United States on its door.

All proceeds from its trusts and sales of ornaments, publications and other association products are used to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and art works for the permanent White House collection, assist in the preservation of the public rooms, and further its educational mission.

An American institution, the Willard has hosted nearly every U.S. president since 1853. Visit The Shop at President’s Square 1610 H Street, NW , Washington, D.C. to celebrate the holiday season and share in the history and lore of the White House.

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