Catawba College to host president of White House Historical Association

Catawba College has announced the upcoming visit of Stewart D. McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, for a special presentation titled “Five Chapters of White House History.” The event will be at 7 p.m. March 14 in Catawba’s Hedrick Little Theatre. A reception will be held before the event in Peeler Crystal Lounge beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

McLaurin is a distinguished figure in the preservation and promotion of American history, serving as the president of the White House Historical Association. Founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the Association has been instrumental in sharing and safeguarding the rich legacy of the White House, an iconic symbol of freedom and democracy
cherished by people worldwide. As a private nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, the Association remains dedicated to advancing Mrs. Kennedy’s vision by fostering a deeper understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion.

Attendees will have the opportunity to gain insights into the evolution of this historic residence, its inhabitants and its significance in shaping the American narrative.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stewart McLaurin to Catawba for what promises to be a captivating exploration of White House history,” said Meg Dees, vice president of development at Catawba. “His expertise and passion for preserving our nation’s heritage are inspiring, and we look forward to an
engaging evening that celebrates the legacy of the White House.”

McLaurin is an author, podcaster and commentator. He explores the history and untold stories of the world’s most iconic residence and office through the 1600 Sessions podcast and a regular column in USA Today. In his 10th year as president, McLaurin has expanded the association’s cultural and educational programming through award-winning books, popular video series and virtual and in-person events.

For more than 35 years, McLaurin has held leadership roles with national nonprofit and higher education organizations, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Motion Picture Association of America, Georgetown University and the
American Red Cross.

McLaurin serves on the board of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the Metropolitan Club Preservation Foundation and the National Trust of Scotland USA Foundation. He is a senior advisor for Concordia, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to actively fostering, elevating and
sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact.