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The Diplomatic Table: Blair House Welcomes the World

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.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion and The Artistic Table open for self-guided touring
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture

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

  • Lee Dining Room at Blair House. Photo by Durston Saylor
    Lee Dining Room at Blair House. Photo by Durston Saylor
  • Blair Dining Room. Photo by Durston Saylor
    Blair Dining Room. Photo by Durston Saylor
  • Library. Photo by Durston Saylor
    Library at Blair House. Photo by Durston Saylor
  • Garden Room at Blair House. Photo by Durston Saylor
    Garden Room at Blair House. Photo by Durston Saylor