On July 1, 1790, Congress passed “An Act for Establishing the temporary and permanent Seat of the Government of the United States.” This act formalized a plan to move the capital of the United States from New York City to Philadelphia, for a period of 10 years, and then from Philadelphia to Washington D.C., where the United States government would make its permanent home.
What buildings did Congress have erected to house the government?
Lindsay Chervinsky works for the White House Historical Association as the White House Historian and she joins us to explore the history of one of the earliest buildings in Washington D.C., the White House.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with a historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
Ben Franklin’s World is a production of the Omohundro Institute.
Lindsay Chervinsky works as the White House Historian for the White House Historical Association. She joins us to explore the history of one of the earliest buildings in Washington D.C., the White House.
As we explore the early days of the White House, Lindsay reveals the history, work, and mission of the White House Historical Association; Why the White House stands where it does and the history of the land it stands on; And, details about the design and construction of the White House, including details about its furnishings and the workers who constructed it.
What You’ll Discover
- History of the White House Historical Association
- Work of the White House Historical Association
- Research performed by the White House Historical Association
- The early history of the White House
- Location of the White House
- The history of the land under the White House
- The four designed purposes of the White House
- Construction of the president’s house
- Working and living conditions for president’s house laborers
- First impressions of the White House from John & Abigail Adams
- Origins of the name “White House”
- White House furnishings
- Who furnishes the White House
- Burning of the White House in 1814
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Lindsay Chervinsky
- White House Historical Association
- White House Historical Association Facebook
- Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood
- Lindsay’s Website
- Lindsay on Twitter: @lmchervinsky
- Lindsay Chervinsky, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution
- Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
- James Madison’s Montpelier
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- John Adams miniseries by HBO
- The White House Experience App
- Episode 137: Erica Dunbar, The Washingtons’ Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
- Episode 150: Woody Holton, Abigail Adams: Revolutionary Speculator
- Episode 193: Partisans: The Friendship & Rivalry of Adams & Jefferson
- Episode 202: The Early History of the United States Congress
- Episode 222: Adam Costanzo, The Early History of Washington D.C.
- Episode 256: Christian Koot, Mapping Empire in the Chesapeake
In your opinion, what might have happened if the British had not burned the President’s House in 1814? How might the history of the White House and the federal government be different?
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