PRESENTING THE FIRST EDITION OF THE NEW BLAIR HOUSE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
In commissioning this first-ever, limited edition Blair House ornament, the Blair House Restoration Fund begins a tradition of producing an annual Blair House Christmas ornament, each designed to better acquaint you with this historic residence and its important diplomatic mission.
The 2016 ornament is the first in what is envisioned to be a series of ornaments planned for the coming years, each showcasing a beautiful room in the President's Guest House after entering through its iconic front door.
This year's ornament introduces you to one of the most heritage-rich rooms of the house -- The Lincoln room - a room that served as the study of Francis Preston Blair, patriarch of the Blair Family, who met there frequently with President Abraham Lincoln and other American presidents.
It was in the Lincoln Room that Robert E. Lee was offered command of the Union Army by Mr. Blair, who was acting at the request of President Lincoln, and it was in this room in December 1989 that Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa of Calcutta, rested after receiving the Prince of Peace Award.
The Blair House Restoration Fund is grateful to acclaimed Washington artist, Peter Waddell, for his beautiful original paintings of the Front Door and Lincoln Room at Blair House, commissioned exclusively for this first edition of the Blair House Ornament.
All proceeds from the sale of this and future ornaments will benefit Blair House.