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David McCullough and Adam Van Doren
The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents
One needs only to walk through 10½ Beacon Street, seeing paintings and sculptures interspersed among the bookstacks, to understand that the Boston Athenæum has always valued and respected both scholarly research and the arts. Historian David McCullough and artist Adam Van Doren’s book The House Tells the Story also places equal emphasis on historical research and fine art.
The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents is an incredible collaboration between noted artist Adam Van Doren (author/illustrator) and pre-eminent historian David McCullough (foreword) who unite for an excursion to the celebrated homes of fifteen American presidents, past and present. The text is personal and unaffected; Van Doren visited these homes to ensure that he recorded every detail accurately, often becoming acquainted with the former presidents themselves, always trying to portray them in the human environment they created for themselves.
David McCullough is a two time winner of the Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. An avid reader and traveler, he has maintained a lifelong interest in art and architecture. His books include The Wright Brothers, John Adams, 1776, Mornings on Horseback, and Truman.
Adam Van Doren studied at Columbia University and has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He teaches at Yale University, where he is also an Associate Fellow, and has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., among other institutions. His work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Wadsworth Atheneum; The Princeton University Art Museum; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He lives with his family in New York.
Registration for this event will begin on September 15 at 9:00 a.m.