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Walter Czekaj, exhibitions coordinator

Manderino Gallery Hours:
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays
8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
2-6 p.m. Sunday

They were maids, cooks, butlers, doormen, electricians and all the people who kept the country's most famous household running efficiently. Covering 200 years of White House service, their narratives provide a rare and intimate perspective on the ceremonies, elegant state dinners, national celebrations and heartbreaking tragedies that shape and make United States history.

The workers and their unique stories are the subject of the The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories, on display through Nov. 21 in the Manderino Gallery at California University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) was developed with and supported by the White House Historical Association (WHHA), with assistance from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

"The Working White House gives exhibit visitors a rare view of the inner workings of America's most renowned residence through the experiences, firsthand accounts and one-of-a-kind artifacts of the largely unrecognized people crucial to the everyday lives of our first families," said Neil W. Horstman, president of WHHA. "For two centuries, workers at the White House have witnessed history in the making and, in the process, they have created their own."

The exhibition showcases the souvenirs, housekeeping implements, clothing, letters, menus, photographs and other objects to help illustrate the full story of the presidential residence. New interviews conducted by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and WHHA staffers with past workers provide eyewitness accounts of White House work culture and will be included in an audio tour and exhibition video.