This program is the third part of the Artistic Table Lecture Series.
Blair House became The President’s Guest House in 1942 to “wage peace.” It hosts official visits of world leaders and special events for the diplomatic corps. Managed by the Department of State’s Office of the Chief of Protocol, its restored interiors and important cultural heritage collections create an elegant, comfortable, and secure setting for international diplomatic hospitality.
Explore Blair House’s intriguing history as a friendly home-away-from-home for its visitors from the days of presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln to today. Highlights include the ways Blair House sets a welcoming table to meet guests’ needs, efficient service, and aesthetic appeal for a variety of occasions while appropriately incorporating pieces from its historical collections.
About the Speaker
Candace S. Shireman is the curator of Blair House, The President’s Guest House.
About the Artistic Table Lecture Series
Take inspiration from the finest table settings and enjoy a feast for the eyes.
Wednesday, March 21: Surtouts, Tureens, and Salt and Pepper Shaker Sets: Table Decoration, Then and Now, with Wilfried Zeisler
Wednesday, March 28: How they Decorated at the Table, with P. Gaye Tapp
Wednesday, April 4: The Diplomatic Table: Blair House Welcomes the World, with Candice Shireman
Wednesday, April 18: Art of the Table: Floral Design for Entertaining, with Cathy Graham