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Nancy Reagan

Smithsonian exhibit details White House furnishings

Smithsonian exhibit details White House furnishings

It is hard to believe, considering our national fondness for the White House and its history, but new presidents used to sell off the furnishings from the previous administration in something like a garage sale. In an attempt to make "the people's house" their own, first families would get rid of the old to make room for the new, or the newest fashion. Incoming administrations could simply do away with what they didn't want and no one batted an eye until years later when first lady Jacqueline Kennedy asked for it all back. For this year's 50th anniversary of the White House Historical Association, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery...