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Official 2018 White House Christmas ornament honors Harry Truman

A special Christmas ornament revealed in honor of President Harry S. Truman

The White House Historical Association unveiled the official 2018 White House ornament that honors President Harry S. Truman at the Truman Library in Independence.
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The White House Historical Association unveiled the official 2018 White House ornament that honors President Harry S. Truman at the Truman Library in Independence.

This is Harry Truman’s year.

The White House Historical Association every year commissions a unique Christmas ornament to sell. Since 1981, the ornament has honored either an individual president or a White House event. This year it’s the 33rd president’s turn.

The announcement was made Monday at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence.

“This ornament is designed to illustrate three significant changes made by President Truman during his administration: one to the Presidential Seal, and two to the White House itself,” according to the association’s website. “One side of the ornament features his celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947-48 to the South Portico, and the other side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948-52.”

It was the most extensive work on the White House since its restoration after it was torched during the War of 1812.

The ornaments are $22.95 each at shop.whitehousehistory.org.

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