Archive for November, 2015

The 2015 White House Christmas Ornament Honors Calvin Coolidge

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Each year the White House presents an ornament honoring a president or event in our country’s history. This year Mr. Calvin Coolidge is being honored.

Calvin Coolidge served as the thirtieth president of the United States from 1923 to 1929. A Christmas tree (representing the first national Christmas tree) crafted from shiny brass and plated with nickel and 24k gold, is illuminated from within and decorated with ornaments representing events of Coolidge’s life and presidency.

A unique feature in the ornament involves a small switch on the back of the ornament allows a light to be turned on and off. This soft white light casts a warm glow through the windows of the Coolidge White House. Both north and south facades are included in the ornament design. In total 14 individual ornaments are included on the tree which is topped with a star similar in design to the first National Christmas Tree.

At 5:00p.m. on Christmas Eve 1923, President Coolidge lit up the National Christmas Tree, a 60-foot tall fir. More than 6,000 people then arrived on the White House grounds at the Coolidge’s invitation to sing Christmas carols and enjoy the music of the U.S. Marine Band. President Coolidge became the first chief executive to preside over a public celebration of the Christmas holidays.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Birthday Zachary Taylor!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Zachary Taylor:

Born on November 4, 1784. I still alive today he would be 231 years old!

Presidential Term: 1849-1850

Fun Facts:

-Taylor won fame as a general in the Mexican War. His soldiers called him “Old Rough and Ready.”

-Taylor threatened to use force to keep the South from leaving the Union. After his death, a compromise allowed slavery to continue in the South.


Happy Birthday Franklin Pierce!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Franklin Pierce:

Born on November 23, 1804. If still alive today he would be 211 years old!

Presidential Term: 1853-1857

Fun Facts:

-Pierce’s wife hated Washington, D.C., so much, that she fainted when she found out he had been nominated for President.

-Pierce supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which gutted the Compromise of 1850.


Happy Birthday James A. Garfield!

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

James Garfield:

Born on November 19, 1831. If still alive today he would be 184 years old!

Presidential Term: 1881

Fun Facts:

-Garfield set out to reform the “spoils system” by which politicians gave their friends low-level political offices. He was assassinated by a disappointed office seeker.

-Garfield was the first left-handed President.


Hometown Pass

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Key West Residents that sign up for the Hometown Pass program will receive free admission to Harry Truman’s Little White House when accompanied by a guest who has purchased a FULL FARE ADULT TICKET.
***Tickets may not be purchase online and must be purchased from a Historic Tours of America attractions booth.***

Veteran’s day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Have a safe and happy Veteran’s day! Don’t forget to thank our veterans and remember the ones we lost.


CASTmember Spotlight– Bruce W

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

9 things you didn’t know about Bruce W:

1. Bruce feels the most interesting thing about Mr. Truman is that he was a common man.

2. His favorite books are by author David MCullough.

3. He is from Cape Cod.

4. His favorite thing about Key West is the people.

5. His favorite president is JFK.

6. His favorite actor is Billy Crystal.

7. He enjoys listening to the Blues.

8. If he could meet any historical figure it would be Oprah.

9. If he could go anywhere in the world, he would go to Australia.

bruce w

Happy Birthday Warren G. Harding!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Warren Harding:

Born on November 2, 1865. If still alive today he would be 150 years old!

Presidential Term: 1921-1923

Fun Facts:

-Harding died in office, just as massive corruption in the Teapot Dome scandal was about to become public. Because of these scandals, Harding is regarded as the worst President.

-Harding’s election was the first in which women voted.


Happy Birthday James K. Polk!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

James Polk:

Born on November 2, 1795. If still alive today he would be 220 years old!

Presidential Term: 1845-1849

Fun Facts:

-Polk is the only President to have served as Speaker of the House.

-Polk was the first “dark horse” or little-known nominee to become President. He presided over the Mexican War, which added Texas, California, and other territory to the U.S.