THE ROSE GARDEN In 1913, First Lady Ellen Wilson began planting roses in the garden and the Rose Garden was born. When weather permits, the Presidents

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Slide 2 THE ROSE GARDEN In 1913, First Lady Ellen Wilson began planting roses in the garden and the Rose Garden was born. When weather permits, the Presidents bill signings, press conferences and diplomatic receptions take place here Slide 3 THE STATE DINING ROOM When Thomas Jefferson began his term in 1801, he used this room as an office and the adjoining Red Room to meet guests and visitors. During the Obama Administration the State Dining Room has been used for meetings with members of Congress and other groups Slide 4 THE RED ROOM The Red Room received its name after red fabrics were used for the draperies and floor covering in the 1840s. In 1933, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used the Red Room to host the first of many press conferences for women reporters who at that time were excluded from the President's press conferences. Slide 5 THE BLUE ROOM The President uses the Blue Room to receive many of his guests, from foreign heads of state to members of Congress. The Blue Room is the location of the official White Houses Christmas tree. Slide 6 THE GREEN ROOM The Green Room was one of the notable rooms that Mrs. Kennedy helped redesign. Artwork in the room today includes Henry Ossawa Tanners (African American artist) first work Slide 7 THE MAP ROOM The Map Room was used as a war room by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Early maps of Washington, DC hang in the room, as well as a case of world maps presented by the National Geographic Society Slide 8 THE DIPLOMATIC ROOM The room is now used as a meeting place for guests before large events and as the principal entry for the First Family. President Obama occasionally uses the Diplomatic Room as the site of his weekly video addresses Slide 9 THE CHINA ROOM First Lady Caroline Harrison started a china collection to exhibit the tastes of her predecessors. In 1917, First Lady Edith Wilson created the China Room, now home to the famous White House collection. Slide 10 THE VERMEIL ROOM The Vermeil Room takes its name from the display of a collection of gilded silver, "vermeil" in French, given to the White House in 1957. There are portraits of five 20th century First Ladies, including Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Kennedy Slide 11 THE EAST COLONNADE The East Terrace, originally built by Thomas Jefferson but demolished in 1866, was reconstructed during the Theodore Roosevelt renovation of the White House in 1902. Slide 12 THE EAST GARDEN ROOM The East Garden Room sits between the East Colonnade and the Residence. This space exhibits pieces of White House history for visitors on White House tours and guests who pass through this room daily. Slide 13 THE OVAL OFFICE The room was created in 1909. Each President may decorate the Oval Office to suit his tastes. President Barack Obama chose to retain the famous "Resolute Desk Slide 14 THE ROOSEVELT ROOM It occupies the original location of President Theodore Roosevelts office. President Richar d Nixon named the room in 1969 to honor both Roosevelt whose portraits hang there Slide 15 THE WEST WING RECEPTION ROOM Visitors who come to see the President, Vice President, and White House staff pass through the West Wing Reception Room. It houses several paintings from the White House collection as well as a 1770 mahogany bookcase, one of the oldest pieces of furniture in the White House. Slide 16 THE NAVY MESS U.S. Navy stewards have been responsible for Presidential food service since 1880. Since 1951 under President Harry S. Truman, the Navy has assigned their best culinary specialists to provide food service at the White House Slide 17 THE FLOWER SHOP The Flower Shop is where White House florists prepare arrangements for anything from a state dinner to everyday floral accents throughout the White House.