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History Happy Hour - First Family Holiday Traditions

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InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004

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Join Jim Hewes, veteran bartender at the Willard InterContinental’s Round Robin Bar, and Evan Phifer, Research Historian at the White House Historical Association, as they examine the evolution of holiday traditions at The White House since 1880.

When did the National Christmas Tree lighting begin? Who started the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree? Which president holds the record for the greatest number of Christmas trees in the White House? What president was known for having an indoor snowball fight at their holiday party? Which first lady started the custom of decorating an official tree in the White House? Why did Teddy Roosevelt ban Christmas trees in the presidential manor?

These are just a few of the many questions to be discussed at the Willard InterContinental’s December History Happy Hour- First Family Holiday Traditions.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how to make three seasonally inspired cocktails including the Willard InterContinental’s famous Jingle Bell Julep.

Kick off the holiday season and join us for History Happy Hour on December 14, 2017.

Admission includes (3) cocktails and light appetizers.

Hosted in partnership with the White House Historical Association



About Jim Hewes

Throughout his 30 years of working at the famed Round Robin Bar at the Willard InterContinental, Jim has established an internationally acclaimed reputation for not only his cocktails but for the history lessons he provides to patrons of the bar. “Jim Hewes is a walking DC History Channel and he makes a great Mint Julep,” says a frequent bar-goer. “Come for the drinks, stay for the history lesson.” Google Jim Hewes, Round Robin Bar, and nearly 11k search results appear. 90% of those search results speak to the famed mixologist that he is and the strong command of U.S. history that he possesses. A winner of DC Craft Bartender’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim has become as synonymous with the Round Robin Bar as the bar is with the Willard InterContinental.

About Evan Phifer

After graduating from Bucknell University, Evan Phifer worked for two years with the Foundation for the National Archives before earning his M.A. in History with a Concentration in Public History from American University. While completing his graduate degree, Evan worked and interned at a variety of cultural institutions including President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Maryland Historical Society and American University Archives and Special Collections. He currently works at the White House Historical Association as a Research Historian. Evan has a continued personal interest in the Civil War.

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InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C.

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