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First Ladies' Crafting Traditions: The Art of Decorating at the White House

Studio Arts Workshop

Noon Studio Arts Course

Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0068
This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Recreation of Mrs. Obama’s Meaningful Hanging Envelope Ornament created by Coleen Christian Burke


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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American craft traditions have long been highlighted in the White House holiday experience. This interactive session begins with Coleen Christian Burke’s overview of modern first ladies’ holiday ornaments, including Patricia Nixon’s decorated chandeliers, Rosalynn Carter’s birthday hats, and Laura Bush’s topiaries made from ornaments.

Then, have fun creating a holiday ornament for your house, inspired by the people’s house: Michelle Obama’s meaningful hanging envelope.

Attendance is limited to 30 to maximize interaction among the instructor and participants.

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