National Geographic : 1962 Dec
After almost six months of work, the book was ready, and on June 28 we assembled at the White House at the invitation of Presi dent Kennedy. Dr. David E. Finley, Chairman of the Board of the White House Historical Associ ation, joined me in presenting the first copies to Mrs. Kennedy and the President. "The excellent photographs ... as well as the format of the book itself," Dr. Finley said, "have been most generously contributed as a public service by the National Geographic KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERWINFIELDPARKS 892 Society. We are deeply grateful to them.... "We hope that all who visit the White House and who read about it in this book will have a better understanding of the beauty and the contents of this great house and the part that it has played in the history of our country." * In presenting copies to the First Family, I remarked that the book was "a tribute to you, Mrs. Kennedy. Every line, every picture, reflects your own personal attention. The happy results represent your desire to bring to the public the story of our great heritage, the President's House.... "Here is The White House," I concluded, "a token of appreciation and thanks to you from the three million members of the National Geographic Society and from all Americans, for your work in this project." President Kennedy's response was warm and gratifying: "I want to express our thanks to the National Geographic for the work that they have done, and to members of the staff. "I am grateful to all of those who partici pated in a very important public service.... And I also want to express my warmest con gratulations and appreciation to my wife." *The guide may be ordered from the nonprofit White House Historical Association, 718 Jackson Place, N. W ., Washington 6, D. C. Price: $1.25, including postage and handling. Income from sales will be used to publish other materials about the White House and to acquire historic furnishings for the Executive Mansion. "An extraordinary document," says the President as he and his wife leaf through their presentation copies. "A beautiful book."