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Eugene Allen ("The Butler") from White House Workers: Traditions & Memories DVD (part 3)
Purchase the White House Workers: Traditions and Memories DVD from Smithsonian Folkways: In 1990, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage curator Dr. Marjorie Hunt began researching White House workers for the 1992 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Workers at the White House program. One of the results of the research was a 32-minute documentary, Workers at the White House, directed by Hunt, that features Allen and other workers who served many presidents. Hunt's documentary, which was produced in collaboration with the White House Historical Association, also appears on the 2009 DVD, White House Workers: Traditions and Memories, along with an introduction by President Jimmy Carter; a 12-minute video accompanying the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, The Working White House; and two hours of additional interviews produced by Center curator James Deutsch and media director Charles Weber. The DVD illuminates the social and cultural history of America's most famous residence, exploring the skills, customs, knowledge, and experience of a wide range of White House workers. The DVD contains Allen's stories about the differing customs among first families, golf with President Ford, presidential birthday celebrations, and many others. Watch the man who inspired The Butler on White House Workers: Traditions and Memories, and learn how the dedication, skills, and sacrifices of residence staff members have helped the White House fulfill its multiple roles as a family residence, seat of government, ceremonial center, historic building, and museum. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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