Stewart McLaurin is the president of the White House Historical Association, founded by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy more than 60 years ago to share and preserve the rich history of the White House. In his nine years as leader of the private nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Stewart has expanded the Association’s cultural and educational programming through award-winning books, popular video series, and virtual and in-person events.
Stewart is the host of The White House 1600 Sessions, the Association’s official audio and video podcast devoted to exploring the history, cultural impact, and untold stories of America’s most iconic residence and highest office. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and writes a monthly column about the history of the White House and our nation’s presidents and first ladies.
Stewart is the author of the 2021 anthology James Hoban: Designer and Builder of the White House, which presents the life and work of the little known Irish-American architect who was handpicked by George Washington to design the President’s House. His first book, White House Miscellany, features interesting anecdotes about life in the White House, as well as facts and figures about the building itself.
For more than 35 years, McLaurin has held leadership roles with national nonprofit and higher education organizations and serves on the board of a number of institutions including the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the Metropolitan Club Preservation Foundation. He is a senior advisor for the nonprofit organization Concordia; and is affiliated with a number of organizations including the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the Society of Architectural Historians.