President's Park (White House)

President's Park (White House)



The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House.

To fulfill its purpose, the White House Historical Association produces educational literature and films, develops special programs, and maintains a web site interpreting the White House and its history and the persons and events associated with it.

From private funding and the sale of its educational products, the Association supports the acquisition of artwork and objects for the White House collection and contributes to the conservation of the public rooms.

In 1961, when the National Park Service suggested that such an association be formed, the idea received Mrs. John F. Kennedy's ready approval. In July 1962, The White House: An Historic Guide was delivered to a public that had already ordered 10,000 copies. The guide is now in its 22nd edition.

The association also sponsors lectures, exhibits and other outreach programs. Thousands of schools, universities and libraries have received free educational materials about the White House. Traveling exhibits and videos are circulated to the presidential libraries and museums.

White House Historical Association Museum Shops

Address: 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Phone: 202-208-7031

• Open Daily
• 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Public Transportation: Federal Triangle (blueorange) and Metro Center (blueorangered)

Address: 740 Jackson Place, NW
Phone: 202-727-8292
Fax: 202-789-0440

• Open Monday thru Friday
• 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Closed on holidays

Public Transportation: Farragut West Metro (blueorange)


There are several ways in which you can support President's Park and other National Park Service sites by volunteering your time, purchasing a book at the museum shop or applying for a National Parks Pass.


President's Park Seeks Visitor Services Volunteers

If you enjoy dealing with the public and assisting them in finding the information they seek about the White House and the surrounding areas of Washington, D.C., you may be a candidate for President's Park's Volunteer in the Parks (VIP) program.

Volunteer duties include greeting visitors as they enter the visitor center and orienting them to the park. These tasks require the volunteer to hand out park literature, tell visitors about the park, provide directions and make an effort to meet the informational needs of the visitor. Over the course of time, the volunteer is expected to become familiar with the resources available at the visitor center, such as park literature, handouts, exhibits and maps.

Volunteers may help with office duties such as making copies, answering the phones, and mailing information. Other duties may include working outside directing visitors to their White House tours, roving/informal interpretation and helping out during special events. No specific knowledge or skill is required for this work, but a willingness to work with the public in a cordial manner is important.

The park seeks volunteers who are organized, reliable, and available on a regular basis. A minimum commitment of ten hours per month is required. Uniformed items will be provided to wear such as the National Park Service volunteer's shirt, sweater, hat, tie and jacket.

Please feel free to send a resume in addition to the NPS application. Training will be provided by park staff. Our cadre of volunteers embraces people from all walks of life -- young people and retirees, history buffs and teachers.

For more information regarding President's Park volunteer program, please contact the park's Volunteer Coordinator at 202-208-1631.