The White House has been home to our presidents and their families since John Adams. The Visitor Centers explores its history, highlighting its dual purpose as residence and office. Taking students on a walk in President's Park, south of the White House can add perspective to the environment in which the President works. Students will consider that the park might mean to the President as he looks south from the Oval Office.
Guide the students on a walk through the south lawn, considering what presidents past and present might have seen, heard, and thought during their time observing the landscape.
Stellers (Original Patentees) of the District of Columbia Memorial
- Imagine you are George Washington asking the land owners to contribute land to create the new Federal District. What would you say to them?
- Now, imagine you are one of the landowners. How do you feel about the request from Washington?
- Why might we measure distances to other parts of the United States from this spot, right in view of the White House?
- What might the President think when he looks at the marker?