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Kendal at Home Coffee Hour: The White House Art Collection with Historian Jeri Diehl-Cusack

Friday, June 11th at 11:00 AM

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From portraits of presidents to sculptures and furniture, the White House's collection of decorative and fine artwork is a true national treasure. Join Kendal at Home and historian Jeri-Diehl Cusack for a virtual-led art tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  

We'll dive into the history of the White House art collection, for which much of the credit belongs to Jacqueline Kennedy, "the most art-conscious of all First Ladies", who also established the White House Historical Association

Jeri-Diehl Cusack's lifelong interest in U. S. presidents and first ladies inspires her to share her insights and knowledge after retiring from a career with public libraries in Cuyahoga County, Columbus and Grandview Heights, Ohio. Wherever she travels, she seeks out presidential homes, libraries, museums, birth-places, summer White Houses, memorials, burial sites, and other historically significant locations.

Jeri served for five years on the board of The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership, an organization committed to preserving Mrs. Roosevelt’s cottage home in Hyde Park, New York. She is a proud supporter of the FDR Presidential Library through the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and a lifetime member of Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. which maintains “Eleanor’s Little Village” in Arthurdale, West Virginia. Jeri is also an active member of the White House Historical Association and the Ohio History Connection.

Jeri currently offers presentations on about 40 presidential and White House history topics. Discussions on both Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt are her specialty. She enjoys teaching lifelong learning classes and sharing enrichment programs with a variety of audiences throughout Ohio.

A former trustee of her local historical society and arts council in Grandview Heights, Jeri moved to Worthington, Ohio in 2019 in order to live closer to and make memories with her children and grandchildren. She dedicates her volunteer efforts to the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association while fundraising for her Walk to End ALZ team, Hurry Up Cure. Her motto is a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do one thing every day that scares you."