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Annual White House Ornaments

The White House Gift Shop's Official Annual White House Ornament Collection, often called the Secret Service Series, is prized worldwide for collection, individual, diplomatic, corporate, non-profit gift giving, as well as for Christmas personal tree decorations by former Presidents and Administrations staff members. This exceptional collection originated nearly three decades ago with the creation of our first official ornament by members of the White House Police (now the Uniformed Division of Secret Service) as an annual Christmas and Holiday charitable fund-raiser and tradition as well as for decorating Holiday and Christmas trees inside and outside of the White House Complex. Our ornaments are also collected by members of the Supreme Court, Congress, National Park Service, the White House, Pentagon, all Military Services, heads of states, and global friends of America. Now, a quarter of a century later, the tradition continues with the forthcoming release of the 26th annual ornament to the original collection.

All ornaments in our heirloom Christmas and Holiday collection are meticulously handmade in Rhode Island, USA, completely finished in 24KT gold on premium brass with beautifully baked enamels artistically added and baked one color at a time, and feature Presidents of the United States, the White House, Rooms of the White House, Historical Moments in American History, Heroic Service to America, and important themes and traditions in America often through the subtle use of color choices, perspective, and other from and content design elements resulting in heirloom pieces of historical as well as aesthetic meaning. For example, the first ornament in our collection is the 1991 WHITE HOUSE ON THE EVE OF A NEW CENTURY, 1899, was influenced by the art of Norway during the European art period as seen by the point and angle-of-view as well as through the arrangement of the procession of carriages and people and nuances the emergence of the American Century as the 1800s came to a close with the full emergence of American creativity, productivity, energy, and new visions in 1900s. Thus, the procession of carriages is directed "out" of the ornament frame rather than into the ornament frame, evoking a century of unprecedented American social, scientific, technological, political, and geostrategic growth spirited and led by America and Americans.

Our 2014 ornament honors President Harry S. Truman who created the White House Gift Shop by permanent Presidential Order. The 2014 commemorative ornament features the White House, itself, in a fascinating perspective, as a reflection of President Truman's strategic mindedness and vision regardless of popular opinions.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE TWO WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS CONSIDERED "OFFICIAL" ANNUAL ORNAMENTS?

Each year, the two most collected White House Christmas ornaments in the world of recognized official standing are

The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 White House annual ornament which originated over 26 years ago with the White House Security Fund which soon became the White House Gift Shop (also known as the Secret Service series by collectors and gift givers) and

The White House Historical Association's annual White House Ornament.

We concept, design, and create the White House Gift Shop annual White House ornament each year, and the WHHA creates the Historical Association ornament each year.

At the White House Gift Shop, we offer both annual ornaments and both the White House Gift Shop and Historical ornament collections as complete sets.

Most serious collectors acquire "both" the White House Gift Shop "and" the White House Historical ornament each year.

In the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946, you can purchase both ornaments as a set with discount. Click here to see this exceptional combination offer of both the White House Gift Shop and the Historical Association ornament: http://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/product-p/trumanharding.htm


In 2013, the White House Gift Shop introduced two new collections that quickly became top choices for Christmas, Holiday, and Diplomatic Gift Giving and Collection: The National Architecture Ornament and Model Collection and Honoring Military Services Ornament Collection

    Supporters collect or gift our globally prized multiple ornament collections for their heirloom quality: 24KT gold finished on premium and specially treated solid brass, perfectly baked enamels, meticulously handmade in the USA quality with Presidential, White House, and other Significant Historical Themes in American History.

    The White House Gift Shop's annual ornament provides significant provenance and presentation meaning and value, for it is the only ornament in the world that originates from the original and only presidentially authorized White House Gift Shop with direct and continuous lineage to the original White House Flower Fund, White House Security Fund, Secret Service Benefit Fund, all of which eventually became this: The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946.

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2014 White House Christmas & Holiday Ornament, 200 Individually Boxed, #26 in the Collection, TRUMAN'S BALCONY, Honors President H. S. Truman, 33rd President & His South Balcony, 1st Issue Nearly Sold Out, 200 Unique Gifts! FREE USA SHIPPING!
Regular Price: $4,790.00
Deal of the Day Price: $3,095.00
200 INDIVIDUALLY BOXED 2014 WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS, PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S BALCONY.

The 2014 White House ornament is available for order and honors President Harry S. Truman. Designed by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, 24KT gold finished, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.
Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches

It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.

2014 White House Christmas & Holiday Ornament, 100 Individually Boxed, #26 in the Collection, TRUMAN'S BALCONY, Honors President H. S. Truman, 33rd President & His South Balcony, 1st Issue Nearly Sold Out, Certificate of Appreciation, FREE USA SHIPPING!
Regular Price: $2,195.00
Deal of the Day Price: $1,595.00
100 INDIVIDUALLY BOXED 2014 WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS, PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S BALCONY WITH DESIGNER HAND-SIGNED CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY FOR EACH OF THE 100 INDIVIDUAL ORNAMENTS. CERTIFICATES CAN BE PREPARED IN THE NAMES OF EACH OF YOUR RECIPIENTS FOR ALL 100 ORNAMENTS: ADDING COLLECTION, GIFT GIVING, OR DISPLAY MEANING, VALUE, AND PRESENTATION. FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, AN ADDITIONAL CUSTOMIZED "EVENT" CARD CAN BE DESIGNED AND PLACED INSIDE THE ORNAMENT BOX IN ADDITION TO THE HISTORICAL INFORMATION CARD INCLUDED WITH YOUR PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S SOUTH BALCONY ORNAMENTS, E.G., NAMES OF WEDDING PARTY GUESTS, DIGNITARIES, CORPORATE OR GOVERNMENT STAFF MEMBERS. VALID THRU SEPTEMBER 15, 2014!

The 2014 White House ornament is available for order and honors President Harry S. Truman. Designed by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, 24KT gold finished, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.
Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches

It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.

White House Ornaments, Complete White Gift Shop's Official Annual Collection, 1991-2014, Individually Boxed, Meticulously Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers, All 26 Ornaments, 1991-2014, Includes 2014 President Truman Ornament, FREE US SHIPPING!
Regular Price: $622.00
Deal of the Day Price: $425.00
Official White House Ornament Collection
The entire White House Ornament Collection, 1991-2014 is shown in the ornament and model collage and includes 26 ornaments -- several years had two ornaments.

Each piece in your collection is handmade in the USA for our annual collection. We add one new ornament to this series each year.

All ornaments are 24KT gold finished on premium brass, museum grade, heirloom quality for generations to come, baked enamels, and are meticulously handmade in the USA by the official ornament makers.

Your ornaments are individually boxed in 26 separate ornament boxes and include a personalized and signed Certificate of Recognition & Appreciation from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President Harry S. Truman.

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Ornament Gift Collection: 2015 National Architecture Ornament, 2014 Christmas Express Train, 2014 TRUMAN'S BALCONY Ornament, #26 in Official Collection, Quote on Reverse, Certificate of Authenticity, Individually Gift Boxed, 1st Issue Nearly Sold Out
Regular Price: $119.00
Deal of the Day Price: $84.00
White House & Capitol Ornaments
CAPITOL JUST ARRIVED - COMPLETE COLLECTION NOW SHIPS SAME DAY!

Special Pre-Holiday Supporter Appreciation Price

Order Now to Assure Availability! (President Truman Ornament Ships Same Day as Order and U.S. Capitol Building Ships October 1st, 2014 with both ornaments individually gift boxed in two-piece gold moire presentation box) -- the combination set of the 2014 White House Ornament, President Truman's Balcony and the 2015 National Architecture Ornament, #2 in the National Collection, is this year's top global choice by discerning heirloom ornament collectors, gift givers, and traders. See also the 2014 National Architecture Ornament/Model, #1 in Collection -- The White House.

The 2015 White House Architecture Ornament Capitol Building with Signed Certificate of Authenticity


The National Architecture ornament for 2015 is the United States Capitol Building. The 2015 United States Capitol Building is completely finished in 24KT gold on specially treated brass to museum level quality, art deco proportioned, design by Giannini, and is meticulously handmade in Rhode Island, USA, and is the 2nd piece in the National Architecture Collection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. The 2015 Capitol Building is designed to sparkle with jewel-like brilliance and gem-like proportions for display on your Holiday or Christmas tree from its gold cord as well as for permanent, year-round, presentation on your desk, credenza, or display case. Includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of Origin for display, collection, or gift giving value.

Each year, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 designs and makes a new National Architecture ornament to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America. This exceptional piece, the second in this new collection, is a great chance to begin or continue your United States National Architecture heirloom collection.


Dimensions: 4.5" x 1.5" x 2" (to peak of dome)



2014 Ornament, The White House Gift Shop's Christmas Express, Classic Ornament Collection, Dated 2014 on Back of Engineers Cab, Completely 24KT Gold Finished on Premium Brass, Great Companion Piece to 2014 Truman Commemorative, Gold Box, Handmade in USA, Beautifully Set in a Two-Piece, Gold Moire , White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 with Official WHGS Seal

Let this train from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 transport you to Christmas and Holiday memories past and present. Completely finished with 24kt gold, 100% handmade in the USA, 2014 year inscribed on back of engineer's cab, and includes White House Gift Shop Certificate of Appreciation. Joshua Lionel Cowen in 1901 invented a battery powered car that ran around a 30 inch circle of track. Toy trains soon became a favorite holiday gift for American children and a major collection hobby for adults. Locomotive ornaments soon, thereafter, became Christmas favorites. This delightful locomotive harkens back to the Golden Book days and is reminiscent of the perennially popular book The Little Train that Could -- a story of hope, optimism, and great inner strength -- the theme of our gold filigree, lattice, and handmade in the USA Christmas and Holidays Express ornament. Includes White House Gift Shop Official Gold Seal on Two Piece moire windowed gift box.

The 2014 White House ornament is available now and honors President Harry S. Truman with Signed Certificate of Authenticity


The 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, 24KT gold finished, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, designed by Giannini, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.
Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches

It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY --

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.



2014 & 2015 White House GS Official 24KT Gold Finished Easter Egg Set, Individually Gift Boxed, Handmade in USA, #1 & 2 in WHGS Official Collection, New Every Year, Pedestal for Display or Gold Cord for Easter Tree, JUST ARRIVED, SHIPS SAME DAY, LIMITED
Regular Price: $136.00
Deal of the Day Price: $86.00
2015 White House Official Egg

THE 2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP, EST 1946 ANNUAL GOLD EASTER EGG

Annual Gold Heirloom Collection - 1st Collection Piece in a New Annual Series that Complements the Annual Art Glass Easter Egg also Available in Limited Numbers & Meticulously Handmade in the USA.

Designed by Giannini, the 2014 gold Easter egg with eight facets is meticulously "handmade in the USA" and features a sparkling complete 24KT gold finish on premium brass from our official ornament makers, Easter flowers as perennial symbols of Life, beautiful lattice and filigree with hundreds of open facets to allow light to flow 360-degrees, the White House photograph with protective finish and Easter 2014 on-center in white and blue, eight symmetrical facets redolent of the Octave Day, articulated pedestal for standalone display, floral crown with gold cord for Holidays or Easter Tree display, museum art quality, and much more.

THE 2015 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP's OFFICIAL ANNUAL GOLD FINISHED EASTER EGG

Is the 2nd heirloom ornament in the White House Gold Easter Egg Collection, and is the best yet with museum quality, adorned with jewels at crown, 24KT gold flowing with elegant purples, touch of the Old World with intricate details, the White House North Portico in subtle white enamel (partial view, on-center) with "White House Easter, 2015" encircling, 3" tall, and stands alone on its articulated pedestal or elegantly displays from your Christmas, Holiday, or Easter tree with a gold cord. Beautifully and meticulously handmade in Rhode Island, USA, the 2015 White House gold Easter egg is set in an elegant two-piece, gold moire, gift box with the White House Gift Shop seal.

Made of premium brass with complete 24KT finishing and baked enamels, your heirloom is specially treated for timeless quality. This is the best yet in our now globally collected White House Egg Collection and will grace, year-round, your tree, display cabinet, or home with shimmering elegance regardless of lighting! Each year, we add a new Easter egg to this radiant collection with new design concepts by Anthony Giannini. Order now to assure availability of the 2015 White House heirloom Easter egg at this special pre-order price. Unconditionally guaranteed to delight and grace your holiday season!



A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

The original site of the Easter Monday Egg Roll was the grounds of the United States Capitol. By the mid-1870s, the egg rolling activities on the West Terraces had gained notoriety as the children turned the Capitol grounds into their Easter Monday playground. The first egg rolls, largely family affairs, seem to have been held during the administration of President Andrew Johnson. Youngsters of the President's family dyed eggs on Sunday for the Monday rolling, which the First Lady would watch from the South Portico. The workers and tourists watched in fascination as the children rolled both their hard boiled eggs and themselves down the lush green hills.

The egg roll activity of 1876 took its toll on the grounds, a fact that did not go unnoticed by members of Congress. With an already inadequate budget to complete the landscaping and maintenance of the grounds, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. The law was to be enforced in 1877. But that Easter Monday rain poured down, canceling any outdoor activities sending the egg rollers indoors to play.

On Easter Saturday of 1878, a small announcement in the local press informed the egg rollers the new law would be enforced. President Rutherford B. Hayes, taking his daily walk, was approached by a number of young egg rollers who inquired about the possibilities of egg rolling on the South Lawn of the White House. President Hayes, upon his return to the White House, issued an official order that should any children arrive to egg roll on Easter Monday, they were to be allowed to do so. That Monday, as children were being turned away from the Capitol grounds, word quickly spread to go to the White House!

President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling that Easter Monday. Successive Presidents continued the tradition, and the event has been held on the South Lawn ever since.




2013 White House Ornament, #24 in Collection, BLAIR HOUSE in 1950: HONORING HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE POLICE, Group of 5 Individually Boxed Ornaments, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $84.00
2012 White House Ornament
The Blair House ornament depicts Blair House in the year 1950 at Christmastime when President Harry S. Truman resided at Blair House and features a White House Police Officer standing guard.

The Blair House 2013 ornament honors the White House Police and the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt who was an officer of the White House Police Force.

Officer Coffelt was killed while defending President Truman against an armed assassination attempt outside of Blair House on November 1, 1950.

2015 Easter Egg, Official Annual Gold Finished Easter Egg, White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946, LIMITED AVAILABILITY, #2 in Newest Easter Collection, 24KT Sparkling Gold Finish, Elegant Purples, Jewel-Like, North Portico, Nearly Sold Out
Regular Price: $68.00
Deal of the Day Price: $48.00
White House 2015 Easter Egg

THE 2015 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP's OFFICIAL ANNUAL GOLD FINISHED EASTER EGG is the 2nd heirloom ornament in the new White House Gold Easter Egg Collection that began in 2014, and is the best yet with museum quality, jewel-like at crown, 24KT gold finish flowing with elegant purples redolent of historical Christian motifs, a touch of the Old World with intricate details, the White House North Portico in subtle white enamel (partial view, on-center) with "White House Easter, 2015" encircling, 3" tall, and stands alone on its articulated pedestal or elegantly displays from your Christmas, Holiday, or Easter tree with a gold cord.

Beautifully and meticulously handmade in Rhode Island, USA, the 2015 White House gold Easter egg is set in an elegant two-piece, gold moire, gift box with the White House Gift Shop seal. Made of premium brass with complete 24KT finishing and baked enamels, your heirloom is specially treated for timeless quality. This is the best yet in our now globally collected White House Egg Collection and will grace, year-round, your tree, display cabinet, or home with shimmering elegance regardless of lighting!

Each year, we add a new Easter egg to this radiant collection with new design concepts by Anthony Giannini. Order now to assure availability of the 2015 White House heirloom Easter egg at this special pre-order price. Unconditionally guaranteed to delight and grace your 2015 holiday season as well as a special year-round display piece!



A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

The original site of the Easter Monday Egg Roll was the grounds of the United States Capitol. By the mid-1870s, the egg rolling activities on the West Terraces had gained notoriety as the children turned the Capitol grounds into their Easter Monday playground. The first egg rolls, largely family affairs, seem to have been held during the administration of President Andrew Johnson. Youngsters of the President's family dyed eggs on Sunday for the Monday rolling, which the First Lady would watch from the South Portico. The workers and tourists watched in fascination as the children rolled both their hard boiled eggs and themselves down the lush green hills.

The egg roll activity of 1876 took its toll on the grounds, a fact that did not go unnoticed by members of Congress. With an already inadequate budget to complete the landscaping and maintenance of the grounds, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. The law was to be enforced in 1877. But that Easter Monday rain poured down, canceling any outdoor activities sending the egg rollers indoors to play.

On Easter Saturday of 1878, a small announcement in the local press informed the egg rollers the new law would be enforced. President Rutherford B. Hayes, taking his daily walk, was approached by a number of young egg rollers who inquired about the possibilities of egg rolling on the South Lawn of the White House. President Hayes, upon his return to the White House, issued an official order that should any children arrive to egg roll on Easter Monday, they were to be allowed to do so. That Monday, as children were being turned away from the Capitol grounds, word quickly spread to go to the White House!

President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling that Easter Monday. Successive Presidents continued the tradition, and the event has been held on the South Lawn ever since.



2015 National Architecture Ornament & 2014 White House Christmas & Holiday Ornament #26 in Official WHGS Collection TRUMAN'S BALCONY, Quote on Reverse, THIS YEAR'S TOP CHOICE! Certificate of Authenticity, 1st Issue Nearly Sold Out, Individually Gift Boxed
Regular Price: $91.95
Deal of the Day Price: $64.00
White House & Capitol Ornaments

CAPITOL JUST ARRIVED - SHIPS SAME DAY!

Special Pre-Holiday Supporter Appreciation Price

LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE at this Pre-Order Price. Order Now to Assure Availability! (President Truman Ornament Ships Same Day as Order and U.S. Capitol Building Ships October 1st, 2014 with both ornaments individually gift boxed in two-piece gold moire presentation box) -- the combination set of the 2014 White House Ornament, President Truman's Balcony and the 2015 National Architecture Ornament, #2 in the National Collection, is this year's top global choice by discerning heirloom ornament collectors, gift givers, and traders. See also the 2014 National Architecture Ornament/Model, #1 in Collection -- The White House.

The 2015 White House Architecture Ornament Capitol Building with Signed Certificate of Authenticity


The National Architecture ornament for 2015 is the United States Capitol Building. The 2015 United States Capitol Building is completely finished in 24KT gold on specially treated brass to museum level quality, art deco proportioned, design by Giannini, and is meticulously handmade in Rhode Island, USA, and is the 2nd piece in the National Architecture Collection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. The 2015 Capitol Building is designed to sparkle with jewel-like brilliance and gem-like proportions for display on your Holiday or Christmas tree from its gold cord as well as for permanent, year-round, presentation on your desk, credenza, or display case. Includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of Origin for display, collection, or gift giving value.

Each year, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 designs and makes a new National Architecture ornament to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America. This exceptional piece, the second in this new collection, is a great chance to begin or continue your United States National Architecture heirloom collection.


Dimensions: 4.5" x 1.5" x 2" (to peak of dome)


The 2014 White House ornament is available now and honors President Harry S. Truman with Signed Certificate of Authenticity

The 2014 TRUMAN'S BALCONY is the ornament that a NFL team will present as gifts at a special White House reception this year!


The 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, 24KT gold finished, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, designed by Giannini, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.
Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches

It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.



White House Ornaments Collection, 2003- 2006, #13-16 in Series, NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE EAST WING, EISENHOWER EXECUTIVE OFFICE, & SYMBOLS OF THE PRESIDENCY, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $95.80
Sale: $59.95
1994 White House Ornament
Ornament Collection 2003- 2006 # 13-16 in series

2003 White House Ornament, #13 in Series, NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Maker of Official Ornaments

An exceptionally delightful piece, 24KT gold finished, brilliant enamels, handmade in the USA by the makers of the official White House ornaments, boxed, and 1st time officially available since 2003. Special Note:We have not authorized any other store, online or offline, to sell our ornaments, Easter eggs, or other gifts and collectibles. The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by permanent presidential memorandum of President Harry S. Truman and is the authentic source for White House, Presidential, and Diplomatic gifts and collectibles for over 70 years. The 2014 ornament in the White House Collection is Truman's Balcony, honoring President H. S. Truman.

2004 White House Ornament, #14 in Series, THE EAST WING DOORS TO JACQUELINE KENNEDY GARDEN, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Makers of Official Ornament

THE EAST WING

The first decorations viewed by tour groups in the East Wing are a sleigh filled with presents and trees adorned with festive ornaments. They are placed near the double doors that lead into the Jacqueline Kennedy garden. The East Wing was added to the White House in 1942 during World War II and was used as office space for the military. Today, there is still office space for the military, and the Wing also serves as office space for the First Lady's staff, Social Office, the Visitors office, the President's theater, and the East Colonnade. Visitors touring the White House enter through the east entrance and follow the East Colonnade past the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden to enter the Residence to rooms on the Ground and State Floors. Our ornaments are prized by collectors, traders, and given as gifts, worldwide, for their beauty as well as the historical stories embedded within form and content of these beautiful annual White House ornaments.

2005 White House Ornament, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, #15 in Collection, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers

THE EISENHOWER EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING, #15 in Collection

Next door to the White House, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) commands a unique position in both our national history and architectural heritage. Designed by Supervising Architect of the Treasure, Alfred B. Mullen, the EEOB was from 1871 to 1888 to house the growing staff of the State, War, and Navy Departments. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is considered one of the best examples of French Second Empire architecture in the United States. In bold contrast to many of the somber classical revival buildings in Washington, the EEOB's ornately elegant style epitomizes the optimism and exuberance of the of the Post-Civil War period in America.

In addition to the Vice President's office in the West Wing of the White House, the Vice President and his staff maintain a set of offices in the EEOB, which is located next to the West Wing on the White House premises

2006 White House Ornament, SYMBOLS OF THE PRESIDENCY: PRESIDENTIAL SEAL, SECRET SERVICE STAR, AIR FORCE ONE, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Makers of Official Ornament




White House Ornaments Collection, 1999- 2002, #9-12 in Series, THE NORTH PORTICO of THE WHITE HOUSE, WHITE HOUSE 1800 - 2000, STATE DINING ROOM, & THE WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $95.80
Sale: $59.95
1994 White House Ornament
Ornament Collection 1999- 2002 # 9-12 in series

1999 White House Ornament, #9 in Series, The North Portico, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers THE NORTH PORTICO of THE WHITE HOUSE

The Portico on the north side of the White House was added in 1820 during the administration of President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States. Visiting Heads-of-State from around the world arrive at this entrance to the White House. The Dignitaries are greeted by the President and First Lady before attending State Dinners that are held in their honor.

After visitors have toured the interior of the White House, they exit through the north doorway of the North Portico.


2000 White House Ornament, #10 in Sequence, WHITE HOUSE 1800 - 2000, Brilliant 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers, Start or Complete Your Quarter of a Century Special Collection

One of the most costly ornaments to create with its full and extensive 24KT gold finish. Our annual White House ornaments may vary in price based on the cost of gold at the time of production.

2001 White House Ornament, #11 in Series, STATE DINING ROOM, CHRISTMAS, PRESIDENT LINCOLN PORTRAIT, 24 KT Gold Plated, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers


2002 White House Ornament, #12 in Our Globally Prized Christmas & Holidays Ornament Collection, THE WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM, Handmade in USA, 24KT Gold Finish on Brass, George Washington Portrait

The White House, East Room, 2002 Christmas & Holidays Ornament, #12 in Our Globally Prized Collection, Handmade in the USA, 24KT Gold Finished, Baked Enamels, Heirloom Quality for Generations

The East Room was designed to serve as the Public Audience Room. Abigail Adams used the room to hang her laundry to dry. The East Room was also used by President Lincoln to house union troops during the Civil War. But it was President Teddy Roosevelt who added some unusual activities to the East room including a wrestling march to entertain some 50 to 60 guests. The room was also used by President Roosevelt's children for roller-skating. Seven presidents have lain in state in the East Room including President John F. Kennedy. Today, the East Room is used for bill-signing ceremonies, entertainment that follows a state dinner, and for the President to host various groups visiting the White House. The East Room also displays the portrait of President George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart. It is the only object known to have remained in the White House since 1800 -- This is the painting Dolly Madison received when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812.




White House Ornaments Collection, 1995- 1998, #5-8 in Series, WHITE HOUSE DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION ROOM, WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENT ON A STARRY NIGHT, THE WEST WING RECEPTION ROOM, & Steinway Piano, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $95.80
Sale: $59.95
1994 White House Ornament
Ornament Collection 1995- 1998 # 5-8 in series


1995, White House Ornament, #5 in Series, WHITE HOUSE DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION ROOM, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers

THE DILOMATIC RECEPTION ROOM Originally used as a dining hall for servants n the early 1880's, the room was converted to the furnace and boiler room in the 1840's. Architect Charles McKim, during President Theodore Roosevelt's renovation envisioned this room with the broken plaster, dank concrete floor, and protruding furnace pipes, as an elegant oval receiving room, the Diplomatic Reception Room. On January 8, 1903, the room was employed for its first official function. Later, Franklin Roosevelt broadcast his famous fireside chats via radio from this room. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy retrieved the wall covering from the Old Stoner Mansion in Thurmont, Maryland. The wall paper printed in 1834 in Paris, France was titled "Scenic America" and depicts life in America as viewed by Europeans in the early 1800s. This is an exceptional ornament which commemorates and exception White House room and those who helped transformed a broken plaster and dank concrete floor room into the exquisite room now known, worldwide, by dignitaries and guests as the Diplomatic Reception Room.

1996, WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENT, ON A STARRY NIGHT, #6 in Series, Secret Service Stars, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers

The 1996 White House ornament derived Impressionistic inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's STARRY NIGHT, a little known fact about the design of this 24KT gold finished piece.

1997 White House Ornament, #7 in Series, THE WEST WING RECEPTION ROOM, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers

The West Wing Reception with Full-Dress Marine Corps Support In 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt set in place a plan to alleviate crowded conditions for the presidential Executive Offices. Within six months, the complex of greenhouses that had been built beginning in 1857 were removed, and the new office facility known as the West Wing was built. Although the interior has undergone several renovations, the exterior had remained architecturally unchanged, with the exception of adding the second floor in 1934. The West Wing now holds the Oval Office of the President, the Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, the Press Room, and an office for the Vice President. President Richard Nixon requested that the United States Marine Corps provide full-dress support at the entrance of the West Wing Reception Lobby. The 1997 White House Gift Shop official annual ornament is an exceptionally fine piece with its articulated design and its enamel blues, greens, whites, reds, 24KT gold trim, the West Wing holidays and Christmas tree, and two full-dress Marines.

1998 White House Ornament, #8 in Series, Steinway Piano in Entrance & Cross Hall with Portrait of President Kennedy, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers The 1998 White House Ornament features the large Entrance Hall and Cross Hall which were part of James Hoban's original design for the White House. The design of the hall has not been altered throughout the years at the White House, although marble walls and floors were added to the Cross Hall during the Truman renovation. The Entrance Hall is still used as a reception area and is seen by visitors as they leave the White House. The portrait of President John F. Kennedy on display in the Entrance Hall was painted by Aaron Shikler in 1970.

The Steinway Grand Piano, designed by Eric Gugler, was donated to the White House in 1938 by Steinway and is decorated with gilt stenciling by Dunbar Beck. This piano is often referred to as the Truman piano because of his passion for playing it. This piano is still in use for performances in the White House.




White House Ornaments Collection, 1991- 1994, #1-4 in Series, THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE EVE OF THE TURN OF A CENTURY, THE BUSH OVAL OFFICE, THE BLUE ROOM, & THE WHITE HOUSE, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $95.80
Sale: $59.95
1994 White House Ornament

Ornament Collection 1991- 1994 # 1-4 in series

THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE EVE OF THE TURN OF A CENTURY, 1899, the design of which was influenced by the art of Norway during the European art period as seen by the point and angle-of-view as well as through the arrangement of the procession of carriages and people.

The 1991 ornament is a treasured heirloom, worldwide, by collectors who value the historical and often artistically referential nuances of the White House Gift Shop’s annual ornaments as well as the beauty of this collection with all ornaments featuring complete 24KT gold finishing, baked enamels, historical information cards, and dated by year to mark the passage of time, and handmade, always, only in Rhode Island, USA.

1992 White House Ornament, THE BUSH OVAL OFFICE, #2 in Series, Honorrs President G. H. Walker Bush, 41st President, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers

The beauty of this piece is perhaps in its calm and oval design, redolent not only of the Oval Office but of presidential and State Department diplomatic successes in American-Soviet relations during 1991 and 1992.

With its calm blues, browns, and golden hues, our 1992 Oval Office ornament reflects key diplomatic successes: Indeed, on January 26, Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons. The positive psychological effect of Yeltsin's announcement was mutual relief for all Americans and Russians who lived through the “duck and cover” days of the Cold War era (often dated from 1947 to 1991) during which MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction was the primary strategic deterrent to the threat of horrific nuclear war.

President George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) occupied the Oval Office when this ornament was created. President Bush served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–1989), a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is the oldest former President and Vice President, and the last former President who is a veteran of World War II. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: military operations in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later.


1993 White House Ornament, THE BLUE ROOM, #3 in Series, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers

The Blue Room is located in the center of the State Floor of the White House. The President uses the Blue Room to receive many of his guests, from foreign heads of state to members of Congress. Originally decorated in red, blue was selected as the color for the drapes, upholstery, and carpet during an 1837 refurbishing under President Martin Van Buren. Blue walls were introduced in 1902. It has since been redecorated, but has always maintained its famous blue color scheme. During the holidays, the Blue Room is the location of the official White House’s Christmas tree.


1994, #4 in Series, THE WHITE HOUSE, U.S. CAPITOL, SECRET SERVICE STARS, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers



2014 White House Ornament, National Architecture Collection, #1 in Collection, 24KT Gold Finish, 3-D, 3.25" x 2.75" x 2", Gold Seal Gift Box, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers, Includes White House Gift Shop Certificate of Appreciation & Origin
Regular Price: $68.00
Sale: $48.00
The White House National Architecture Ornament is #1 in the new White House annual National Architectural Collection and includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity on 8.5" x 11" parchment paper frame-ready for display, collection, or gift giving value and meaning.

THE NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COLLECTION

The National Architecture ornament for 2014 is The White House. Exquisitely and entirely finished in brilliant 24KT gold on specially treated premium brass, the 1st annual National Architecture ornament and model is three-dimensional and meticulously handcrafted to museum quality by American ornament masters in Rhode Island, USA. Each year, based on architectural and symbolic concepts by Anthony Giannini, the White House Gift Shop creates a new National Architecture ornament and model to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America.

By supporter requests, we will concept, create, and make a new heirloom piece every three to four months for the National Architecture Collection -- collected, gifted, and traded worldwide by discerning collectors, diplomats, patriotic citizens, heads-of-states, and ministers of many countries.

During November, 2014, we will release the 4th heirloom architecture in the collection: THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT soon followed by the 5th piece – The Washington Cathedral – the spiritual center for many American Presidents. This exciting new National Architecture collection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President Harry S. Truman is endless -- for we will add all significant American architecture of politically symbolic importance not only in Washington D.C. but also across America.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800 and is the symbolic center of democracy and freedom not only in America but for many countries yet struggling for freedom from tyranny and oppression.

Designed by Irish-born James Hoban, Neoclassical architecture of the White House was built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the White House in 1801, he, along with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, expanded the House outward, thus creating two colonnades meant to conceal storage and stables.

In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set ablaze by the British Army in what is now called the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Almost immediately, reconstruction began and President James Monroe moved into the partially restored Executive Residence in October 1817. Rebuilding continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North Portico in 1829.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt relocated all work offices consequent of overcrowding to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. In 1909, eight years later, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office which was eventually moved as operations expanded. The third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927 by augmenting the existing hip roof with long shed dormers. A newly constructed East Wing was used as a reception area for social events, and President Thomas Jefferson's colonnades connected the new wings. In 1946, President H. S. Truman added the now iconic South Balcony. East Wing alterations were also completed in 1946, thus creating additional office space. By 1948, the White House’s load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were close to failure. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman (who originated the White House Gift Shop by permanent order), began the complete reconstruction of the interior of the White House: Interior rooms were completely dismantled, a new internal load-bearing steel frame was constructed inside the walls, and once this massive restoration was completed, interior rooms were rebuilt.

The Executive Residence is made up of six stories: Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as a two-story basement. The term White House is often used as a metonym for the Executive Office of the President of the United States and for the president's administration and advisers.

Today, the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—the former State Department, which now houses offices for the President's staff and the Vice President—and Blair House, a guest residence.

Thank you for your continued support in our missions to help others and to provide you with increasingly sophisticated heirlooms symbolic of America for all Americans.



2014 White House Easter Egg, 24KT Gold Plated Filigree, Lattice, Gift Box, Meticlulously Handmade in USA, #1 in Series, New Egg Each Year, Floral Pedestal for Display or Gold Cord for Easter Tree, Official WHGS, Certificate of Authenticity
Regular Price: $86.00
Deal of the Day Price: $48.00
2014 White House Official Egg

THE 2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL GOLD EASTER EGG

Annual Gold Heirloom Collection - 1st Collection Piece in a New Annual Series that Complements the Annual Art Glass Easter Egg also Available in Limited Numbers & Meticulously Handmade in the USA.

Designed by Giannini, the 2014 gold Easter egg with eight facets is meticulously "handmade in the USA" and features a sparkling complete 24KT gold finish on premium brass from our official ornament makers, Easter flowers as perennial symbols of Life, beautiful lattice and filigree with hundreds of open facets to allow light to flow 360-degrees, the White House photograph with protective finish and Easter 2014 on-center in white and blue, eight symmetrical facets redolent of the Octave Day, articulated pedestal for standalone display, floral crown with gold cord for Holidays or Easter Tree display, museum art quality, and much more.

2014 Easter Egg Roll:

On Monday, April 21st, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year's theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

The original site of the Easter Monday Egg Roll was the grounds of the United States Capitol. By the mid-1870s, the egg rolling activities on the West Terraces had gained notoriety as the children turned the Capitol grounds into their Easter Monday playground. The first egg rolls, largely family affairs, seem to have been held during the administration of President Andrew Johnson. Youngsters of the President's family dyed eggs on Sunday for the Monday rolling, which the First Lady would watch from the South Portico. The workers and tourists watched in fascination as the children rolled both their hard boiled eggs and themselves down the lush green hills.

The egg roll activity of 1876 took its toll on the grounds, a fact that did not go unnoticed by members of Congress. With an already inadequate budget to complete the landscaping and maintenance of the grounds, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. The law was to be enforced in 1877. But that Easter Monday rain poured down, canceling any outdoor activities sending the egg rollers indoors to play.

On Easter Saturday of 1878, a small announcement in the local press informed the egg rollers the new law would be enforced. President Rutherford B. Hayes, taking his daily walk, was approached by a number of young egg rollers who inquired about the possibilities of egg rolling on the South Lawn of the White House. President Hayes, upon his return to the White House, issued an official order that should any children arrive to egg roll on Easter Monday, they were to be allowed to do so. That Monday, as children were being turned away from the Capitol grounds, word quickly spread to go to the White House!

President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling that Easter Monday. Successive Presidents continued the tradition, and the event has been held on the South Lawn ever since.



This Year's TOP CHOICE ORNAMENT, 2014 White House Christmas & Holiday Ornament TRUMAN'S BALCONY & Hidden White House Book, Honors President H. S. Truman, 33rd President & Features His South Balcony, Inscription on Reverse, Signed Authenticity Certificate
Regular Price: $50.94
Sale: $46.95
The 2014 White House ornament is available for order and honors President Harry S. Truman. Design concept by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, completely 24KT gold finished both front and back, premium tarnish and time resistant brass for heirloom collection or gift giving, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, President Truman historical information card, a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients, and much more. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.

The 2014 TRUMAN'S BALCONY is the ornament that a NFL team will present as gifts at a special White House reception this year.


"It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!" -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance to innovations, the vision, acumen, strategic-mindedness, and leadership resolve is often revealed of a great President or great future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.



Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches

Today, the South Balcony is President Barack Obama's and First Lady Michelle Obama's favorite spot in the White House.

The 2 Most Collected White House Ornaments in One Set: 2014 White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by Permanent Presidential Order Christmas Ornament: Truman's Balcony PLUS 2014 White House Historical Association Christmas Ornament: Harding Train Commemorative
Regular Price: $46.95
Deal of the Day Price: $39.95
THE TWO MOST COLLECTED WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS IN THE WORLD IN ONE SPECIALLY PRICED SET -- BOTH ORNAMENTS ARE INDIVIDUALLY PRESENTATION BOXED!

The 2014 White House ornament honors President Harry S. Truman. Design concept by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, collected, gifted, and traded White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. The President Truman commemorative is handmade in the USA and features a complete 24KT gold finish with brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, traditional Christmas and Holiday motifs, elegant two-piece Christmas green gift box with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1945 official seal embossed in gold, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients for gift or ornament collection vaue. Of significance for your collectible or gift it the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by permanent Presidential order of President H. S. Truman which adds unique substance, meaning, and collection value to your 2014 White House Gift Shop's official presidential annual ornament.



Truman's Balcony Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches


It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.


2014 White House Historical Association Christmas Ornament, Honors President Warren G. Harding

The 2014 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Warren G. Harding, who served as the twenty-ninth president of the United States from 1921 to 1923. As a young boy, Harding dreamed of being a locomotive engineer—a wish that was to come true for 51 minutes when as president, he took over the controls on the Alaskan railroad during the “Voyage of Understanding,” his famous transcontinental speaking and sightseeing tour. The Presidential Special, the train that carried President Harding west at the outset of his ambitious voyage and that would tragically carry his casket back east following his sudden death, just two months later...


Harding Train Ornament dimensions:
Engine: 3.25 inches x 0.75 inches
Pullman Car: 3.25 inches x 0.75 inches
2004 White House Ornament, #14 in Series, THE EAST WING DOORS TO JACQUELINE KENNEDY GARDEN, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Makers of Official Ornament
Regular Price: $23.95
2004 White House Ornament

THE EAST WING

The first decorations viewed by tour groups in the East Wing are a sleigh filled with presents and trees adorned with festive ornaments. They are placed near the double doors that lead into the Jacqueline Kennedy garden. The East Wing was added to the White House in 1942 during World War II and was used as office space for the military. Today, there is still office space for the military, and the Wing also serves as office space for the First Lady's staff, Social Office, the Visitors office, the President's theater, and the East Colonnade. Visitors touring the White House enter through the east entrance and follow the East Colonnade past the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden to enter the Residence to rooms on the Ground and State Floors. Our ornaments are prized by collectors, traders, and given as gifts, worldwide, for their beauty as well as the historical stories embedded within form and content of these beautiful annual White House ornaments.

2013 White House Ornament, 24rd in Series, BLAIR HOUSE 1950, Honors the History of the Uniformed Division of Secret Service, Includes Lapel Pin
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $21.95
2013 White House Ornament & Police Pin

Established in 1922 as the White House Police Force, this organization was fully integrated into the Secret Service in 1930. With more than 1,300 officers today, the Uniformed Division is responsible for security at the White House Complex; the vice president's residence; the Department of the Treasury (as part of the White House Complex); and foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., area.

Blair House, since 1826, is the official state guest house for the President of the United States.

The Blair House ornament depicts the year 1950 at Christmastime when President Harry S. Truman resided at Blair House and features a White House Police Officer standing guard.

The Blair House ornament also honors the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt who was an officer of the White House Police Force.



1995, White House Ornament, #5 in Series, WHITE HOUSE DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION ROOM, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $21.95
1995 White House Ornament
THE DILOMATIC RECEPTION ROOM

Originally used as a dining hall for servants n the early 1880's, the room was converted to the furnace and boiler room in the 1840's. Architect Charles McKim, during President Theodore Roosevelt's renovation envisioned this room with the broken plaster, dank concrete floor, and protruding furnace pipes, as an elegant oval receiving room, the Diplomatic Reception Room. On January 8, 1903, the room was employed for its first official function. Later, Franklin Roosevelt broadcast his famous fireside chats via radio from this room. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy retrieved the wall covering from the Old Stoner Mansion in Thurmont, Maryland. The wall paper printed in 1834 in Paris, France was titled "Scenic America" and depicts life in America as viewed by Europeans in the early 1800s. This is an exceptional ornament which commemorates and exception White House room and those who helped transformed a broken plaster and dank concrete floor room into the exquisite room now known, worldwide, by dignitaries and guests as the Diplomatic Reception Room.



2014 White House Christmas & Holiday Ornament, #26 in the Collection, TRUMAN'S BALCONY, Honors President H. S. Truman, 33rd President who Created the South Balcony of the White House, 1st Issue is Nearly Sold Out, Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Regular Price: $24.95
Sale: $19.95
The 2014 White House ornament honors President Harry S. Truman. Design concept by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, collected, gifted, and traded White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. The President Truman commemorative is handmade in the USA and features a complete 24KT gold finish with brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, traditional Christmas and Holiday motifs, elegant two-piece Christmas green gift box with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1945 official seal embossed in gold, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients for gift or ornament collection vaue. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by permanent Presidential order of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.

Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches

It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.

2014 White House Christmas & Holiday Ornament, 24KT Gold Finish, #26 in Collection, TRUMAN'S BALCONY, Honors President H. S. Truman, 33rd President, Quote on Reverse, USA Made, Official Makers, 1st Issue Nearly Sold Out, Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Regular Price: $24.95
Deal of the Day Price: $19.95
The 2014 White House ornament is available for order and honors President Harry S. Truman. Designed by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, completely 24KT gold finished both front and back, premium tarnish and time resistant brass for heirloom collection or gift giving, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, President Truman historical information card, a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients, and much more. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament. The 2014 TRUMAN'S BALCONY is the ornament that a National Football League, NFL, team will present as gifts at a special White House reception this year!

"It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!" -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance to innovations, the vision, acumen, strategic-mindedness, and leadership resolve is often revealed of a great President or great future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House. Today, the South Balcony is the favorite place in the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.




2013 White House Ornament, #24 in Collection (often called Secret Service Series by collectors worldwide), BLAIR HOUSE IN 1950, HONORS HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE POLICE, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $21.98
Sale: $19.95
2013 White House Police Ornament
The 2013 Blair House ornament honors past and present service to the President by the men and women of the WHITE HOUSE POLICE, EST. 1922 -- now the Uniformed Division of the United States Secret Service.

Established in 1922 as the White House Police Force, this organization was fully integrated into the Secret Service in 1930. With more than 1,300 officers today, the Uniformed Division is responsible for security at the White House Complex; the vice president's residence; the Department of the Treasury (as part of the White House Complex); and foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., area.

Blair House, since 1826, is the official state guest house for the President of the United States.

The Blair House ornament depicts the year 1950 at Christmastime when President Harry S. Truman resided at Blair House and features a White House Police Officer standing guard.

The Blair House ornament also honors the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt who, a heroic officer of the White House Police Force, who was killed while defending President Truman from an assassination attempt at Blair House.

Of note, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by permanent order of President H. S. Truman with the mission of helping officers and their spouses in great need consequent of valorous duty. For seventy years, this tradition continues as well as new missions to help American children, our greatest National treasure, caught in the web of extreme poverty.

For your collection meaning, the Blair House ornament was selected by a committee of active Uniformed Division Secret Service officers to commemorate the history of the White House Police.
2000 White House Ornament, #10 in Sequence, WHITE HOUSE 1800 - 2000, Brilliant 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers, Start or Complete Your Quarter of a Century Special Collection
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
2000 White House Ornament
One of the most costly ornaments to create with its full and extensive 24KT gold finish. Our annual White House ornaments may vary in price based on the cost of gold at the time of production.

The 2000 White House Gift Shop ornament celebrates the 200th anniversary of the White House and is an intricately detailed reproduction of the White House. Beautifully displayed in a stunning 24kt-gold-plated piece with the Presidential Eagle displayed proudly in the arch style detailing above the White House. One of the most costly ornaments to create with its full and extensive 24KT gold finish.

The 2000 ornament is a treasured heirloom, worldwide, by collectors who value the historical and often artistically referential nuances of the White House Gift Shop’s annual ornaments as well as the beauty of this collection with all ornaments featuring 24KT gold finishing, beautifully baked enamels, historical information cards, and dated by year to mark the passage of time, and handmade, always, only by the official ornament makers.
2013 White House Ornament, #25 in Collection, Air Force One, 3-D, Honors U.S. Air Force for Service to America & the President, 24KT Gold Finished, Made in USA by Official Ornament Makers, Date on Underbelly
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
2013 White House Ornamwent
Our 2013 White House Gift Shop's official HONORING MILITARY SERVICES annual ornament honors the men and women of Air Force One and the United States Air Force for service to the President and America. The Air Force One is the 1st of a permanent new series; thus, is a chance to begin a new 3-D Holiday and Christmas ornament and model collection that commemorates icons of Military Service as well as in future years key moments in American military history.

Each year, we will create a new ornament for this series. Next year's ornament will be a diorama-like commemorative of a key moment in the history of the United States Army

FEATURES:

* 24KT plating on premium brass handmade construction, 3-D superstructure, seven color baked enamel, intricate ornament construction, is Handmade in the USA by master American ornament and toy makers who also make the official White House Annual Tree Ornament

* The Air Force One is both hangable from its gold cord (as on a tree) and also standable (as on a desk, table, or display shelf)

* Classic centuries-old ornament and toy making design and methods -- note merely an inexpensive molded plastic model of Air Force One but a classic piece with intentional contours, angles, and heirloom tin toy collectability -- homage, as well, to the history of American toy makers across the centuries.

AIR FORCE ONE:

Air Force One is one of the most recognizable symbols of the presidency with symbolic presence not just in American culture but across the world with now iconic colors selected by former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy.

White House Ornament, 2013, #25 in Collection, Air Force One, Honors U.S. Air Force for Service to America & the President, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers, 2013 on Underbelly
Regular Price: $21.98
Sale: $18.95
2013 White House Official Ornament

White House Ornaments, #25 in Collection. Our 2013 White House Gift Shop's official HONORING MILITARY SERVICES annual ornament honors the men and women of Air Force One and the United States Air Force for service to the President and America. In 2013, we issued two ornaments: Blair House which Honors the Men and Women of the White House Police / Uniformed Division of United States Secret Service, and the Air Force One Ornament in 3-D honoring the men and women of the United States Air Force.


2006 White House Ornament, SYMBOLS OF THE PRESIDENCY: PRESIDENTIAL SEAL, SECRET SERVICE STAR, AIR FORCE ONE, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Makers of Official Ornament
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
2006 White House Ornament
1998 White House Ornament, #8 in Series, Steinway Piano in Entrance & Cross Hall with Portrait of President Kennedy, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
1998 White House Ornament

The 1998 White House Ornament features the large Entrance Hall and Cross Hall which were part of James Hoban's original design for the White House. The design of the hall has not been altered throughout the years at the White House, although marble walls and floors were added to the Cross Hall during the Truman renovation. The Entrance Hall is still used as a reception area and is seen by visitors as they leave the White House. The portrait of President John F. Kennedy on display in the Entrance Hall was painted by Aaron Shikler in 1970.

The Steinway Grand Piano, designed by Eric Gugler, was donated to the White House in 1938 by Steinway and is decorated with gilt stenciling by Dunbar Beck. This piano is often referred to as the Truman piano because of his passion for playing it. This piano is still in use for performances in the White House.

1997 White House Ornament, #7 in Series, THE WEST WING RECEPTION ROOM, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
1997 White House Ornament

The West Wing Reception with Full-Dress Marine Corps Support

In 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt set in place a plan to alleviate crowded conditions for the presidential Executive Offices. Within six months, the complex of greenhouses that had been built beginning in 1857 were removed, and the new office facility known as the West Wing was built. Although the interior has undergone several renovations, the exterior had remained architecturally unchanged, with the exception of adding the second floor in 1934. The West Wing now holds the Oval Office of the President, the Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, the Press Room, and an office for the Vice President. President Richard Nixon requested that the United States Marine Corps provide full-dress support at the entrance of the West Wing Reception Lobby. The 1997 White House Gift Shop official annual ornament is an exceptionally fine piece with its articulated design and its enamel blues, greens, whites, reds, 24KT gold trim, the West Wing holidays and Christmas tree, and two full-dress Marines.





2005 White House Ornament, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, #15 in Collection, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
2005 White House Ornament
THE EISENHOWER EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING, #15 in Collection

Next door to the White House, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) commands a unique position in both our national history and architectural heritage. Designed by Supervising Architect of the Treasure, Alfred B. Mullen, the EEOB was from 1871 to 1888 to house the growing staff of the State, War, and Navy Departments. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is considered one of the best examples of French Second Empire architecture in the United States. In bold contrast to many of the somber classical revival buildings in Washington, the EEOB's ornately elegant style epitomizes the optimism and exuberance of the of the Post-Civil War period in America.

In addition to the Vice President's office in the West Wing of the White House, the Vice President and his staff maintain a set of offices in the EEOB, which is located next to the West Wing on the White House premises.

1999 White House Ornament, #9 in Series, The North Portico, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
1999 White House Ornament

THE NORTH PORTICO of THE WHITE HOUSE

The Portico on the north side of the White House was added in 1820 during the administration of President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States. Visiting Heads-of-State from around the world arrive at this entrance to the White House. The Dignitaries are greeted by the President and First Lady before attending State Dinners that are held in their honor.

After visitors have toured the interior of the White House, they exit through the north doorway of the North Portico.

2012 White House Ornament, #22 in Collection, Honors the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine One Squadron & Secret Service, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Makers of Official Orrnament
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $18.95
2012 White House Ornament
Marine One is sometimes the preferred alternative to motorcades which can be expensive and logistically difficult. The controlled environment of a helicopter adds greatly to the safety factor, as well. Marine One is also used to transport Cabinet staff and international dignitaries.

More than 800 Marines supervise the operation of of the Marine One fleet which is based in Quantico, Virginia, but is more often seen on the South Lawn of the White House or at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland. At Andrews, Marine One is sometimes used to connect to Air Force One for longer Presidential journeys. Wherever Marine One flies, it is met on the ground by at least one Marine in full dress uniform (most often two with one acting as an armed guard). Marine aviators flying Marine One do not wear regular flight suits during flights but rather the Marine Blue Dress Charlie/Delta uniform. Marine One is always transported (as is the president's limousine) wherever the president travels both within the United States and also overseas. At a presidential inauguration, the Marines offer a flight to the outgoing president from the Capitol to Andrews Air Force Base. Be sure to see our 2013 Air Force One in 3-D, the companion ornament to the 2012 Marine One.


1993 White House Ornament, THE BLUE ROOM, #3 in Series, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $17.95
1993 White House Ornament

The Blue Room

The Blue Room is located in the center of the State Floor of the White House. The President uses the Blue Room to receive many of his guests, from foreign heads of state to members of Congress. Originally decorated in red, blue was selected as the color for the drapes, upholstery, and carpet during an 1837 refurbishing under President Martin Van Buren. Blue walls were introduced in 1902. It has since been redecorated, but has always maintained its famous blue color scheme. During the holidays, the Blue Room is the location of the official White House’s Christmas tree.

2009 White House Ornament, #19 in Collection, Lincoln Bicentennial, 24 KT Gold Plated, Commemorates Feb 12, 1809 BirthdayHandmade in the USA
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $17.95
2009 White House Lincoln Ornament


2010 White House Ornament, The Blue Room Chrisrmas Tree, 24KT Gold Plated, Made in the USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $16.95
2010 White House Ornament
The 2010 White House Ornament captures the view of the Christmas tree that is placed in the Blue Room from the North Cross Hall. On the right side of the Blue Room doors is the President's flag and of the left side is the American flag. Above the doorway is the Seal of the President of the United States.

The tree is selected each year by way of a contest. The First Lady is presented with the Official White House Christmas Tree. The 2009 tree came from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The 18.5 foot Douglas fir arrived on the traditional horse drawn carriage to the North Portico of the White House.

2003 White House Ornament, #13 in Series, NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Maker of Official Ornaments
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $16.95
2003 White House Ornament
An exceptionally delightful piece, 24KT gold finished, brilliant enamels, handmade in the USA by the makers of the official White House ornaments, boxed, and 1st time officially available since 2003.  Special Note:  We have not authorized any other store, online or offline, to sell our ornaments, Easter eggs, or other gifts and collectibles.  The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by permanent presidential memorandum of President Harry S. Truman and is the authentic source for White House, Presidential, and Diplomatic gifts and collectibles for over 70 years.  The 2014 ornament in the White House Collection is Truman's Balcony, honoring President H. S. Truman.
2001 White House Ornament, #11 in Series, STATE DINING ROOM, CHRISTMAS, PRESIDENT LINCOLN PORTRAIT, 24 KT Gold Plated, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $16.95
2001 White House Ornament
2002 White House Ornament, #12 in Our Globally Prized Christmas & Holidays Ornament Collection, THE WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM, Handmade in USA, 24KT Gold Finish on Brass, George Washington Portrait, Certificate of Authenticity of White House Gift Shop Origin
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $16.95
2002 White House Ornament

The White House, East Room, 2002 Christmas & Holidays Ornament, #12 in Our Globally Prized Collection, Handmade in the USA, 24KT Gold Finished, Baked Enamels, Heirloom Quality for Generations

The East Room was designed to serve as the Public Audience Room. Abigail Adams used the room to hang her laundry to dry. The East Room was also used by President Lincoln to house union troops during the Civil War. But it was President Teddy Roosevelt who added some unusual activities to the East room including a wrestling march to entertain some 50 to 60 guests. The room was also used by President Roosevelt's children for roller-skating. Seven presidents have lain in state in the East Room including President John F. Kennedy. Today, the East Room is used for bill-signing ceremonies, entertainment that follows a state dinner, and for the President to host various groups visiting the White House. The East Room also displays the portrait of President George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart. It is the only object known to have remained in the White House since 1800 -- This is the painting Dolly Madison received when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812.

2007 White House Ornament, #7 in Series, AMERICA'S NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $16.95
2007 White House Ornament
THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

In November, 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge gave permission for the District of Columbia Public Schools to erect a Christmas tree on the Ellipse south of the White House. The organizers named the tree the "National Christmas Tree." From 1924 to 1953, live trees in various locations around and on the White House grounds were lit on Christmas Eve. In 195, the ceremony returned to the Ellipse with an expanded focus. Local civic and business groups created the "Christmas Pageant of Peace." Smaller live trees representing the 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia, formed a "Pathway of Peace." Central to the season's celebration is the living National Christmas Tree, a Colorado blue spruce from York, Pennsylvania, planted on the ellipse on October 20, 1978.

1991, White House Ornament, #1 in Collection, The White House in 1899 on New Year's Eve 1900, 24KT Gold Finish on Heirloom Brass, Baked Enamels, Handmade in USA
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $15.95
1991 White House Ornament

THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE EVE OF THE TURN OF A CENTURY, 1899, the design of which was influenced by the art of Norway during the European art period as seen by the point and angle-of-view as well as through the arrangement of the procession of carriages and people.

The 1991 ornament is a treasured heirloom, worldwide, by collectors who value the historical and often artistically referential nuances of the White House Gift Shop’s annual ornaments as well as the beauty of this collection with all ornaments featuring complete 24KT gold finishing, baked enamels, historical information cards, and dated by year to mark the passage of time, and handmade, always, only in Rhode Island, USA.

2005 White House Ornament, #15B in Series, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $15.95
2005 White House Ornament Support Our Troops
In 2005, we issued two ornaments: Support Our Troops (this one) and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Ornament (also available in this section of the White House Gift Shop). The 2005 Support Our Troops ornament was created to honor those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.







1994, #4 in Series, THE WASHINGTON COLLAGE: THE WHITE HOUSE, JEFFERSON MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON MONUMENT WITH SECRET SERVICE STARS, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $15.95
1994 White House Ornament
This stunning piece is 24kt-gold-plated Washington Collage beautifully displays the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the White House surrounded by a intriciate Holly wreath. Around the cheery holiday wreath are three gold secret service stars The red bow at the bottom of the wreath displays the year ‘1994’ in gold text.

The 1994 ornament is a treasured heirloom, worldwide, by collectors who value the historical and often artistically referential nuances of the White House Gift Shop’s annual ornaments as well as the beauty of this collection with all ornaments featuring 24KT gold finishing, beautifully baked enamels, historical information cards, and dated by year to mark the passage of time, and handmade, always, only by the official ornament makers.
1992 White House Ornament, THE BUSH OVAL OFFICE, #2 in Series, Honorrs President G. H. Walker Bush, 41st President, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $15.95
1992 White House Ornament

The beauty of this piece is perhaps in its calm and oval design, redolent not only of the Oval Office but of presidential and State Department diplomatic successes in American-Soviet relations during 1991 and 1992.

With its calm blues, browns, and golden hues, our 1992 Oval Office ornament reflects key diplomatic successes: Indeed, on January 26, Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons. The positive psychological effect of Yeltsin's announcement was mutual relief for all Americans and Russians who lived through the “duck and cover” days of the Cold War era (often dated from 1947 to 1991) during which MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction was the primary strategic deterrent to the threat of horrific nuclear war.

President George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) occupied the Oval Office when this ornament was created. President Bush served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–1989), a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is the oldest former President and Vice President, and the last former President who is a veteran of World War II. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: military operations in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later.

2011 White House Ornament Collection,THE WHITE HOUSE & WREATH, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by the Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $15.95
2011 White House Ornament
1996, WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENT, ON A STARRY NIGHT, #6 in Series, Secret Service Stars, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $15.95
1996 White House Ornament
The 1996 White House ornament derived Impressionistic inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's STARRY NIGHT, a little known fact about the design of this 24KT gold finished piece.
2008 White House Ornament, #18 in Series, THE WHITE HOUSE CRECHE, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers
Regular Price: $23.95
Sale: $15.95
2008 White House Ornament
THE WHITE HOUSE CRECHE

Since 1967, the White House "Creche" has been the centerpiece of the East Room. Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard Jr. of Far Hills, New Jersey, gave the "Creche" to the White House as a gift. The 47 baroque figures in the crèche are made of carved wood and terra cotta, created in Naples, Italy in the late 18-th century. Mrs. Englehard donated 10 additional figures and funds for a new tableau which was first displayed n 1999. This is an exceptional ornament with a 24KT gold finished frame and the White House Creche recessed for great visual effect.

   
 
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