White House State Dinners: Driving Diplomacy by Sharing American Culture

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White House State Dinners
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Foreign Policy Magazine: FOREIGN POLICY is published by the FP Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company.
History Of White House State Dinners from the White House Historical Association
Podcast: White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin speaks to historian and author Jennifer Pickens about her new book, and the entertainment styles of recent Presidents and First Ladies.
Video: From the White House Historical Association. Learn about the role African American chefs have played in White House history with author Adrian Miller. This video describes how African American White House chefs advocated for Civil Rights and the African American experience by leveraging their close relationships with the Presidents.
A Classroom packet with resources from the White House Historical Association. Outlines research resources for studying the diverse music played at the White House, including at State Dinners.
Library of Congress Research Guide for Presidential Food
Details and photographs of JFK State Dinners from the JFK Presidential Library (Primary Source)
This includes actual scans of the dinner menus and entertainments programmes from the State Dinners.
From the Library of Congress (loc.gov)

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